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CVB accepts Marilee Fowler's resignation

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - It's official, Marilee Fowler is out as Executive Director of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The group formally accepted her resignation Monday.

Joe Vezzoso responded to Fowler's accusations that she was forced out and to concerns he has a conflict of interest.

Vezzoso said Fowler was looking for a new job in Iowa back in December, before she publicly discussed possible sites for a new sports complex.

Joe Vezzoso got emotional as he read a letter at Monday's CVB meeting accepting the resignation of Executive Director Marilee Fowler.

Vezzoso said he loves Evansville and promoting the city hasn't created any conflict of interest with his job working for a casino and hotels in French Lick.

"We have never bid for the same business," Vezzoso said. "We go after a different market segment altogether."

Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel had no comment on the issue, so we spoke to county Commissioner Troy Tornatta.

He said the results show there has been no conflict of interest, and if there were, Vezzoso would be gone.

Stacy McNeil is a member of the CVB, but also works for Casino Aztar.

McNeil says she doesn't see a conflict of interest. "Casino Aztar and French Lick are competitors, but there is absolutely no conflict of interest here in my opinion."

Fowler told an Iowa newspaper she was forced out for political reasons after telling 14 News she hoped to see a new sports complex built at Wesselman Park.

Vezzoso said that no site has been chosen, but when pressed, he wouldn't say that played a part in her leaving.

Stacey McNeil will now chair a committee to find a new executive director.

That's a process she says will take at least six months.

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