A board that oversees the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has voted to overturn the appointment of the bureau’s newly named executive director because the city’s affirmative action guidelines were not followed.
Bonnie Brandolino was appointed executive director last month by the head of the Pasadena Center without a formal search, said Ann Hight, president of Pasadena Center Operating Co. Board of Directors. The Pasadena Center includes the Civic Auditorium, two exhibition halls and an ice rink.
The Pasadena Center’s board oversees the visitors bureau. Bob Holden, executive director of the center, appointed Brandolino four days after Gail Thompson resigned.
The board voted last week to overturn Holden’s decision and proceed with a formal search that follows the city’s affirmative action guidelines.
The guidelines are for city agencies and departments, but the bureau receives most of its funding from the city and “we want to follow the city’s way of hiring people as closely as possible. We have urged Ms. Brandolino to apply,” Hight said.
The bureau, which encourages conventions to come to the city and promotes tourism, receives hotel bed tax funds.