|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 3/21/13 Knox County's tourism director is stepping down in less than a month.
Judy Guenseth this week submitted her letter of resignation as Executive Director of the Galesburg-area Convention and Visitors Bureau, effective April 12th, in order to become the next Executive Director of the Knox County Child Advocacy Center, replacing Becky Rossman.
Guenseth tells WGIL she didn't expect she'd be leaving the tourism office, but she feels her previous work experience will work well in the new job.
"I knew a lot about what the job entailed because of my previous work at [Court Appointed Special Advocates of Knox County]," Guenseth said. "So I was very familiar with the players, and who would be involved in that. At that time, I still was not even fully considering it. As I thought about it more, I thought, 'I might as well give it a try."
Guenseth says she's been able to accomplish a lot in the little more than two years she's been tourism director, from revamping the tourism office website to updating the tourism guide. She says whoever replaces her needs to continue along a path toward integrating more technology into the job, from usage of social media to things like YouTube.
The Galesburg-area Chamber of Commerce operates the CVB. Officials say they hope to have a replacement for Guenseth soon, and have formed a committee to hire a replacement.