Former tourism director heads south

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The former head of the state Division of Tourism is moving to Phoenix next month to take an advertising job.

Tom Garrett, 40, will head an interactive services division for the Moses Anshell company.

A Juneau assemblyman, Garrett was a critic of a $5 per person cruise ship head tax that voters approved last year as well as an initiative proposal promoted by the Peace and Quiet Coalition that would ban flightseeing after 5 p.m. most days and all day on Saturdays.

Garrett served as chairman of the assembly's Policy and Planning Committee and was in position to get a lot of flak, said Juneau Mayor Dennis Egan.

''He was controversial,'' he said. ''But I don't care who is in there, it would be controversial.''

Greg O'Claray, who pushed for the head tax, said he'll be sorry to see Garrett leave the nine-member assembly.

''Tourism needs to have an advocate too,'' O'Claray said. ''We disagreed with Tom on issues, but he could count to five. He knew how to get an issue through the assembly.''

Garrett told the Juneau Empire he was pleased with the way the assembly has addressed domestic violence and efforts to develop a transportation plan.

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