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Is there any way to have the Wilmington Film Commissioner replaced?

Amy Hotz

According to Article III of the bylaws of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, the commission is made up of five people who serve on a board of directors.

The New Hanover County commissioners appoint two.

The Wilmington City Council appoints two.

Then those four directors appoint one.

All of the directors serve three-year terms.

Currently, the board is down one member who is supposed to be elected by the City Council. There is no indication when this position will be filled.

The other board members are:

  • Chairman/CEO of the commission, James L.F. Smith of Burgaw.
  • Vice Chairman Robert G. Greer, New Hanover county commissioner.
  • Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.
  • And Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems studios Bill Vassar.
  • Johnny Griffin, who is listed as the “director” of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission on the organization’s website and who works full time at the commission’s office on the EUE/Screen Gems lot, works at the pleasure of the board, he said, “So if anybody had any concerns, they could take them to the board.”

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    5 Responses to “ Is there any way to have the Wilmington Film Commissioner replaced?”

    1. On September 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm funkymonks wrote:

      I am very curious to know who the five member board is? I was unable to attain that information from the website or from your article.
      I would also like to know Johnny Griffin’s salary since partial funding is received from The City of Wilmington and the County of New Hanover. I hear it is in the 110,000 range.
      I also am curious how someone is hired or terminated by the Film Commission as someone was recently. I do not recall any postings for a job there. If the board isn’t complete how are decisions being made to hire or fire?

    2. On September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm Amy Hotz, staff writer wrote:

      As stated in the original post, the board members are :
      •Chairman/CEO of the commission, James L.F. Smith of Burgaw.
      •Vice Chairman Robert G. Greer, New Hanover county commissioner.
      •Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.
      •And Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems studios Bill Vassar

      One board member, Lanny Wilson (a city appointee) resigned in late January or early February, according to Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. Griffin said Wilson did not give a reason for his resignation and did not write a letter of resignation.

      No one has been fired and the board is making decisions with the four people they have.

      According to the Commission’s 2009 990 form, Griffin earned $94,971 last year and had $16,095 in “other compensation from the organization and related organizations.”

    3. On September 18, 2010 at 12:02 am funkymonks wrote:

      Thank you!
      Still curious on how someone can be hired by The Film Commission? A new production coordinator has started in the last few weeks, the position was never made public. Qualified or not I am sure many people have those qualifications. I thought because the WFC receives public monies from the county and the city all jobs would have to be made public, even though the position is budgeted for.
      I did not realize there would be no public offerings made for a position of 30 hrs a week and $30,000 @ yr. supported by the city and the county. I am sure a lot of people would have been interested in this position given that there have not been any films in the state for some time and the state of the economy.

    4. On October 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm BelowtheLine wrote:

      There has been an opening on the Film Commission board since at least FEBRUARY? Why has this information not been reported? It is critical that we have active, informed people on this board overseeing the day-to-day activities (or lack of) of our Film Commissioner. Why so secretive and shadowy?

    5. On October 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm brosher10 wrote:

      sounds like the ABC Board don’t it? this needs to be
      investigated , there is something wrong here
      and what about that big bonus who paid for that?

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