Monday, March 24, 2014
Brown Wants Economic Dev Director to Head Gaming Board
Northampton County Executive John Brown has just notified the Gaming Board that he wants to replace their current executive director, Karen Collis, with his Economic Development Director, Diane Donaher. He's making this request just one month after the Board unanimously re-appointed her. He argues that Collis will continue doing the grunt work, but he wants all the accolades to go to his economic development director.
At first blush, it appears to me that tying economic development to the Gaming Board is a perversion of its main purpose, which should be to ensure that little places like Freemansburg and Hellertown are compensated for the impact of gambling.
At a meeting this evening, the Gaming Board rebuffed Brown, unanimously voting to keep Collis.
Updated 5:45 pm