Las Vegas tourism director announces retirement plans

Las Vegas tourism director announces retirement plans

The CEO of the publicly funded agency responsible for promoting Las Vegas has announced that he is preparing to retire.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter told the authority board on Tuesday that he’s talked with board members about putting together a financial retirement package.

He did not specify when he would officially step down.

Ralenkotter has led the agency since 2004.

His retirement announcement comes after a year of battling cancer and criticism for the agency’s misspending.

A report released Friday showed that auditors could not account for more than $50,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards bought by the agency. The report says Ralenkotter and his wife had used more than $16,000 in gift cards for personal travel.

Ralenkotter has apologized and paid back the money.