John Cohen resigned as executive director of the Durango Area Tourism Office on Thursday, officials say.
We really appreciate all hes done the last five years, said Kris Oyler, chairman of DATOs board of directors. We see this as a good opportunity for the tourism office to find a new director who can take our organization to a new level.
Cohen left his role in Las Vegas as director of sales for the Blue Man Group, a troupe that combines mime, comedy and music in its performances, in 2006 to take over as executive director of the office.
In his role, Cohen put together the tourism offices new website, and hired an incredible staff, said Jack Llewellyn, executive director of the Durango Area Chamber of Commerce.
I think its an asset he brought to the table, he said.
Cohen earned $65,000 annually when he was hired. Oyler would not comment on Cohens severance package.
Oyler said Cohen has decided to seek new opportunities and called it a mutually agreeable separation.
Cohen would not comment on his resignation.
The board of directors has not appointed an interim director, but Oyler doesnt think the office will suffer in the meantime.
Most of our work for the summer is already done, so now its just a matter of executing, and I feel very strongly the staff will do a good job in that role, he said. I dont think well miss a beat.