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Crown Coliseum CEO resigns

Posted November 7, 2008

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— The chief executive of Cumberland County's main entertainment venue resigned Thursday amid an ongoing investigation.

Paul Beard Jr. will remain on paid leave through the end of the year, when his resignation becomes effective, officials said. He will continue to draw his $101,400 salary during that time.

The Cumberland County Civic Center Commission last month suspended Beard; Windy Lawson, the coliseum's marketing and sales director; and Herman Bullard, director of the Cumberland County Fair.

Officials have declined to disclose the reason for the suspensions, saying only that they had received complaints of wrongdoing from several people.

County officials have finished interviewing people in their investigations of the complaints, but no decisions have been made, officials said.

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  • SWEET-N-SOUR Nov 10, 2008

    If there is wrong doing then why have they not been charged with a crime....(instead they stay home and still draw a huge salary. Whats wrong with that picture.

  • TheAdmiral Nov 7, 2008

    I am available to make it a much better place to play.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 7, 2008

    There's too much secrecy here. The Crown is a government operation and should be open to disclosure laws.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Nov 7, 2008

    "he needs to work or be fired"
    I'm tired of this free vacation stuff as well. No work, no money! Its that easy!

  • Bob3425 Nov 7, 2008

    "Paul Beard Jr. will remain on paid leave through the end of the year, when his resignation becomes effective, officials said. He will continue to draw his $101,400 salary during that time."

    I hope this is vacation build up, if not either he needs to work or be fired, WHY ARE WE PAYING SOMEONE TO STAY AT HOME?