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Owens named Tourism Development Board administrator
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Dayron Deaton-Owens has been named administrator of McMinnville’s Tourism Development Board. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The search has ended for an administrator to oversee Tourism Development Board endeavors. 

“I’m excited to be here,” said Dayron Deaton-Owens, when she introduced herself to Tourism Development Board members on Monday. 

Deaton-Owens was selected from a field of five after an extensive search of almost two years. 

“What we have tonight is the contract for Dayron,” said TDB chair Sarah Cantrell. “This was approved by the city’s Human Resource officer and legal counsel. She’ll sign this tonight and I’ll sign it as chairman on behalf of the board. That will bind us together in this new relationship that I’m really excited about.” 

Board members has been without an administrator since October 2020 with the departure of Mandy Eller.

“I’m thankful that it’s over,” said Cantrell of the search. “This whole process started probably two years ago. Once we entered the RFP process looking for proposals, it went a bit slow. We kept going until we received the number of responses that we needed. We ended up with five proposals in the last round, which was huge. Everyone was very qualified. That makes me feel very confident of who we selected and the work we can do moving forward.”

A one-year contract was signed.

Deaton-Owens is a familiar face. A faculty member at Motlow State Community College where she has taught for approximately 12 years, she is also a member of Chamber of Commerce board of directors, McMinnville Young Professionals and Leadership McMinn-ville.

“I love Warren County, and I’m excited for this new venture,” said Deaton-Owens.