Convention bureau president suspended amid review

CLEVELAND (AP) - The city's convention bureau suspended its president Wednesday pending a review of staff entertainment expenses.
Dennis Lehman, chairman of the board of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, said Dave Nolan was placed on paid administrative leave while an outside review is conducted.
Nolan's annual compensation is $246,000.
Lehman said the bureau would hire outside accountants and attorneys to do the review.
"We are making no inferences and are not drawing any conclusions as to the outcome of that review," Lehman said.
Recent newspaper and broadcast reports indicated that a four-member convention bureau team including Nolan spent $30,000 last year on a 10-day European trip.
The bureau also paid $1,100 for a weekend golf outing in 2001 in Avon for the city's convention center manager, Nolan and their wives.
Nolan said he understood the board's action. "We look forward to working through it with them," he said.
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