Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DTP Chief Resigns

Dear Board Members,
Yesterday I tendered my resignation as CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership effective May 7, 2010. I will be leaving Tucson to become the CEO of Des Moines' Downtown Community Alliance. I would like to thank all of the members of the board for their support and assistance over the last two years. In the period before my departure my focus will be on building a transition plan for the Partnership.
Thanks again, Glenn Lyons

Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Glenn Lyons has announced his resignation to join a similar organization in Des Moines, Iowa.

Word is that the resignation caught most by surprise. Board Chair Larry praised, "Glenn will be missed. He has a real understanding of what it takes to build a dynamic, successful vibrant downtown."

The Des Moines' post of his starting with them on May 14.



Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Buh bye, Glenn.
Don't let the screen door catch a piece of Cloth on your way out.

4/01/2010 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the state is all over the TIF money, Larry can't give Glenn lordship of the Rio Nuevo kitty.

In fact, Larry might not be able to fulfill his promise to give Garfield Traub the hotel gig in exchange for all that cash. Oh wait, consulting service fees.

4/01/2010 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

You don't know Hecker made that promise. Maybe Garfield Traub is shelling out $6000/month for marriage counseling.

He has a real understanding of what it takes to build a dynamic, successful vibrant downtown.


4/01/2010 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Under Lyons everything got WORSE, not better. The earlier organization, the Downtown Tucson Alliance, was run by a guy named Donovan Durband. That organization did lots of good things associated with keeping downtown clean (trash, graffiti, etc.) and generating various events that were worthwhile. It also worked with merchants in various ways that helped them obtain real results, not just empty words.

Then the cloth took over and put this overpaid dishrag in charge. They fired Durband and just about everyone who actually did something, including a great woman (can't recall the name) who had been there for years. Then Lyons hired Cara Rene, the wife of a council member's chief of staff, for over $60K to work only part time.

PART TIME. Think about that.

Immediately, the DTP completely neglected the services the Alliance had performed so well. Merchants and others complained, but to deaf ears.

This is one sweet slot at the clothmeister trough. Larry will have plenty of eager applicants to choose from.

4/01/2010 10:03 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

X4mr's lack of response to the O'Dell article on Sunday and his matter of fact response to a major clothmeister resignation shows that he has passed the baton on reporting about the cloth.

No other blog appears up to the task, so I guess it's up to Star reporter Rob O'Dell, should he choose to accept the mission, to tell us about the corruption, cronyism, and nepotism of the "clothiverse."

Good luck, Rob.

Who is going to replace Lyons?

Someone related to an Eckum? An SALC schmooze after a $130K massage? Interested parties should retain Hecker consulting services for advice on strategy to obtain the position.

4/01/2010 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Robish said...

My guess is that another reason x4mr has responded in an understated way is because he knows that he has set the table so well for the blog's readers these last few years that when he just presents the facts, they can immediately infer the sub-texts, the implications, and the back-stories.

Lord Hecker and Slippery Steve would do well to re-evaluate their organization before they embark on another national talent search for Glenn Lyons' replacement. They will spin this departure as a wildly successful setting of the stage for the next triumphant chapter in the Partnership story.

Everyone else is left with an empty feeling. Tucson has been used by yet another carpetbagger.

4/01/2010 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Replacement is Michael Keith:

4/08/2010 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent choice. Larry Hecker wanted another hand-picked, pricey figurehead, but Mr. Keith enjoys considerable grassroots support.

Time to clean house.

4/08/2010 11:48 PM  

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