Ekberg out as full-time CAPC director

Monday, February 10, 2020

By Scott Loftis


Lacey Ekberg’s tenure as the full-time executive director of the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission is over, although she will be paid as an off-site contractor for the next three months.

At a special called meeting Monday, the seven CAPC commissioners voted unanimously to approve a “contractual agreement” to pay Ekberg $7,500 a month for a minimum of three months to work off-site, with a review after 90 days, according to a written statement distributed after Monday’s meeting.

Ekberg’s benefit package as a Eureka Springs city employee will be waived.

The agreement stipulates that the CAPC will provide Ekberg with a “professional reference for job performance.”

According to the written statement, Ekberg’s position will be “(t)ransitioning into a lay-off status with approval of potential unemployment benefits if applied.”

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  • I assume, along with everything else done wrong, this confirms no required college degree was provided either? That's HR 101. Is there a chance the CAPC could get a professional to do the search next time? It would be really great for us not to keep being the laughing stock of the state. I mean, not all of us can live in a cocoon.

    -- Posted by rb2020 on Mon, Feb 10, 2020, at 7:07 PM
  • Responding to rb2020: you are correct that verifying educational claims is HR101...but don't expect the good people on the commission to agree with you. You see, they are busy doing CYA101 right now!

    The commission hired a con artist. One thing that con artists often do is take bribes from vendors. Therefore, we may see noxious fallout for a year or more.

    -- Posted by EurekaFan on Tue, Feb 11, 2020, at 11:05 AM
  • Those appointed to serve on capc should be assuming responsibility for the fiasco that’s been created. Slogans such as ‘we will do better’ or ‘i’ll get this fixed’ aren’t good reasons for forgiving your leadership. All of you need to consider resigning from your positions and do us all a favor and ride off into the sunset. Give us a break .

    -- Posted by Saints4me on Wed, Feb 12, 2020, at 9:49 AM
  • To Saints4me: I agree. Unfortunately, based on the actual emails that were FOIAed and, to a lesser degree, the reported social media activity, there can be absolutely no denying the fact that there, apparently, was a deliberate attempt to deceive the public about the unusual process with still no mea culpa from the individuals at fault. The additional fact that, with little exception, the rest of the commission has remained quiet and inactive about this shady behavior gives credence to your idea that most, if not all, should consider resigning. Regardless, the businesses will still have reason for encouraging regulatory intervention. Far too long there's been little representation for the businesses paying these taxes and depending on their performance, Instead, many have perceived a constant interference by some with no interest in tourism, tourists or the business growth of the city, It's a shame the necessary remedy hasn't been available within the city itself.

    -- Posted by outofthebox on Wed, Feb 12, 2020, at 5:12 PM
  • Well spoken

    Out of the Box

    -- Posted by Saints4me on Wed, Feb 12, 2020, at 10:22 PM
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