The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution to employ Sarah Mutchler as clerk of the commissioners.

Mutchler most recently served as operations coordinator for the commissioners. She replaced Heather Pendleton, an attorney who assumed full-time duties with the county prosecutor’s office. There will not be an operations coordinator.

The action was taken by the commissioners because Beth Bishop, who has served as clerk of the commissioners, is retiring after 31 years. Her last day will be April 30.

Two resolutions to terminate agreements with a company established by Steve Wilson for sanitary engineer services and flood mitigation project manager services also were approved Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be doing work for the county.

In January, the commissioners approved the two agreements with his company. But Tuesday, the resolutions to rescind them were approved by the board without comment.

After the meeting, Wilson said he will negotiate with the commissioners to return to the county payroll and continue to serve in the two jobs. Working as a private consultant for the county affected his retirement benefits, he said.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners received the annual update from Alissa Preston and Danielle Wilkin, with the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.

Hotel tax receipts, also known as the “bed tax” paid on each room booked, were about $649,972 in 2017, about a 5.26 percent increase from about $617,481 in 2016.

The organization listed at least 30,000 rooms booked in May, June, August and September and nearly that figure in July, according to data compiled by STR Inc.

Social media continues to be a large portion of the Visit Findlay! campaign with more than 1 million consumers “exposed” to the brand.

The bureau also provides nearly $112,000 in grants to support over 70 area events. The agency also provides support through promotions on the website, social media, supplying visitor guides, welcome bags, information tent, hotel room blocks and referrals of area companies “for onsite event needs.”

The organization also partnered with Downtown Findlay Improvement District and downtown restaurants for a complementary shuttle service for guests at local hotels. They were brought downtown for dining and entertainment Monday through Thursday nights from June through December. The shuttle served about 35 riders weekly and 18 restaurants participated in the program.

A survey of sports-related groups, from youth to adult, will be used to determine “potential development, recruitment and retention of tournaments, league play and healthy living lifestyle,” according to the report.

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