Watch: Council appoints three members to the CVB board

Three citizens were approved to the Convention and Visitor Bureau by the Guthrie city council. Two members were approved with an unanimous vote.


The primary purpose of the Guthrie Convention and Visitor Bureau is to promote general interest in and for the City of Guthrie along with improving conditions for businesses and increasing visitors and tourism as a meeting place, athletic venue and overnight visitor destination.

Ward 3 Council members Gaylord Z. Thomas and Don Channel nominated Robert Moses, who is retired from the banking business, to fill an unexpired term, which ends Sept. 30, 2020.

The motion passed 7-0 by the council.

Next, Mayor Steve Gentling nominated current chairman of the CVB board Kailyn Swonger, who is self-employed and heavily involved with local organizations, for an at-large position with the term ending Sept. 30, 2022.

The council approved Swonger with a 5-2 vote. Council members, Brian Bothroyd, Jeff Taylor, Thomas and Gentling voting yes and James Long and Channel voting no.

For the final nomination, Gentling nominated Joshua Stratton, who is in marketing and brand development, to fill an unexpired at-large position ending Sept. 30, 2021.

In total, five candidates submitted applications.

During discussion, Taylor asked Gentling, “who all did you interview?”

Gentling responded, “I interviewed all of them. All five.”

Moments later, Jill Ochs-Tontz, who was in the audience, said she wanted to clarify to the council that she was not interviewed.

Gentling responded, “I called you three times.”

Tontz said, “Well, that’s not interviewing.”

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