Goliad economic development coordinator placed on 90-day improvement plan


Nov. 28, 2012 at 5:28 a.m.

A former Victoria tourism leader faces administrative action in Goliad.

The Goliad City Council placed Bridgette Bise, the city's community and economic development director, under a 90-day performance improvement plan. The action was taken during the Nov. 20 council meeting.

Bise remains in the office, but will meet regularly with interim City Administrator Larry Zermeno to carry out an improvement plan, Goliad Mayor Jay Harvey said. Later, they will report back to the council.

The 90-day plan went into effect at the council meeting, Harvey said. He declined to elaborate about why the action went into place.

"We just had some issues and this is how the city council chose to handle it," he said.

She began work in Goliad in February.

Bise was hired as executive director of the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau in August 2009, according to Advocate reports. The city's "Bring Your Boots" ad campaign and annual Bootfest both got their start under her watch.

She left her position in June 2011. A Victoria Chamber of Commerce news release at the time said the organization hoped for a fresh start as the convention and visitors bureau transitioned to management under the city.

Bise was never an employee of the city of Victoria because, at the time she left, the convention and visitors bureau remained under the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said Jennifer Sourdellia, of the city's public information office. She deferred comment to the chamber.

Randy Vivian, president and CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, declined to comment, citing personnel reasons.

"I can't go into employee matters," he said.

Attempts to contact Bise by phone on Wednesday were unsuccessful.



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