MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy has chosen a manager at a local golf course to be the next director of the city’s Corn Palace tourist attraction.
Lakeview Golf Course clubhouse manager Dan Sabers has a “vast wealth of experience” organizing and managing events, Tracy told The Daily Republic newspaper (https://bit.ly/1vE3kOL ).
“It seemed to me that it was a great fit,” Tracy said.
Sabers is expected to begin his new duties in mid-January, pending approval by the City Council. He will be paid $70,000 annually.
Sabers, a high school basketball coach in the region for many years, said he was intrigued by the position.
“I’ve been going to basketball games at the Corn Palace since I was 4 years old,” he said.
The Corn Palace has been without a director since March, when Mark Schilling resigned at Tracy’s request. A state audit concluded that Schilling mishandled money, and the state Division of Criminal Investigation has been looking into whether Schilling broke any laws. He has told The Associated Press that he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Tracy in October offered the job to local businessman Steve Koch. Koch, who had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft in a 2002 case involving misused money from a family business, withdrew his name from consideration a couple of days later.
About 200,000 tourists each year visit the Corn Palace, which is undergoing a $7.2 million renovation.
Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com
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