The Jackson County Tourism Development met Tuesday in a planning session to consider several actions for moving the work plan of the Authority forward. One of the most discussed topics was whether the authority needed to hire an executive director. Chairman Robert Jumper stated he sensed a desire by elected officials that an executive director be hired. Several members of the authority stated that volunteer members had given a significant amount of time in marketing and other essential areas. Some members also indicated an executive director could be vital to budgeting strategic planning and general administration. Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Spirio reported that several neighboring counties had similar positions in addition to two or three active Chamber of Commerce in those counties. A committee will be appointed at the next regular meeting of the authority to study the issue further.