Longtime Civic Center secretary named manager of facility
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

May 4, 2006 -- After more than four months of searching, Hopkins County officials named the new manager of Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Thursday morning, and also announced the creation of a new position at the facility.

Longtime Civic Center secretary Dottie Ford was introduced as the  new manager of operations and Pansy Bell was introduced as marketing and promotions manager for the facility.

Hopkins CountyJudge Cletis Millsap said Dottie Ford has held the secretarial position at Civic Center for several years and brings many years of business experience, as well as knowledge of the facility.

"We think that Dottie will do an outstanding job by working with the people employed with the Civic Center," Millsap said.

Millsap also said a new position has been created to promote the regional facility.

"We are announcing today that we are going to have a marketing and promotions person," he said. "That is going to be Pansy Bell."

Along with marketing the existing Civic Center facilities, Bell will also have the new equine facility as an additional feature of the regional facility.

"This is going to be an outstanding opportunity for Hopkins County, and we feel like it will bring new revenue and new business," Millsap said.

Judy Tipping, Civic Center Inc. Board member and member of the selection committee, said the board was excited about the selection of Ford and Bell for the Civic Center.

"We are excited about the restructuring procedure," she said. "We feel like we have grown to the extent, not only in this facility, but in this community, to where we can advertise and promote this facility more."

Tipping said it was important that the center have an operations manager to handle the everyday business operations and to have someone advertising and marketing the facility.

"We want it to grow," she said. "As it grows, it is going to bring more people into this community, which will make other businesses and areas grow."

The new Civic Center manager said she felt that the county was blessed to have the facility and that she is looking forward to her new role.

"I am very excited about the future, and I feel like this new addition is something that is going to make a difference to the community, as well," Ford said. "I am happy to be a part of it."

Pansy Bell said she, too, was excited about the new venture.

"We've got a unique facility here that I think is very promotive so we can get the word out and get people coming to Sulphur Springs," Bell said. "I see it as challenging, but I like challenges and have been known to take a few challenges and see what I can do with them."

Both Ford and Bell will assume their positions immediately.

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