Tollett takes extended leave of absence from GHCVB, avoids firing

KPRC-2 posts the news that Jordy Tollett will be taking a "leave of absence" from his post as President of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau:

The president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau is taking a leave of absence, days after the Troubleshooters aired an investigation into his behavior while on the job, KPRC Local 2 reported Thursday.

Jordy Tollett
A special meeting of the convention bureau board's executive committee was held Thursday morning.

President Jordy Tollett asked for an extended leave of absence to address what he called "problems in his life."

The Chronicle's Kristen Mack provides additional details:

Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jordy Tollett, under fire after a television camera caught him taking long lunches at a bar, will take extended leave to seek professional help for an unspecified condition.

Tollett met this morning with the bureau's executive committee, at his request, to discuss the report that aired Monday night on KPRC (Channel 2).

He left alone after about 15 minutes, and declined to comment.

"Jordy recognized that he had a problem," said Doug Horn, chairman of the visitors bureau's board. "He asked us to give him an opportunity to take extended time off to address those issues. We as a board decided we were going to do this because Jordy has done such a great job for the city."

Horn said he does know what type of help Tollett will seek and is not sure how long he will be gone.

Tollett has 60 days of vacation time, which he will use. Beyond that, he has requested a family medical leave.

As Sedosi notes, give Tollett's attorney, Rusty Hardin, credit. As it's become increasingly clear that Mayor White was engineering Tollett's departure, Hardin has gotten his client an extended leave from the board, presumably for medical reasons. Tollett avoids being fired, at least for now, and gets help for his "unspecified condition." Some lawyers earn their fees. Hardin is one of them.

Just out of curiosity, how many readers have 60 days of vacation time saved up? That would be 12 business weeks worth of vacation time, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal.


Posted by Kevin Whited @ 07/13/06 01:36 PM | Print |

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