VenuWorks executives, city council, discuss new Executive Director

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council met with VenuWorks executives in a special work session yesterday.

The council and VenuWorks discussed what sort of qualities are ideal in a new executive director of the Sanford Center, due to Jeff Kossow’s upcoming resignation.

A new executive director is expected to be announced later this month before the next Sanford Center board meeting.

The council expressed that stability and retention as being high on their list of priorities in filling the position, even though the average time for a director or manager at a specific venue is typically five years.

Executive Vice President of VenuWorks Joe Romano said that VenuWorks is there to provide support during the interim and moving forward.

Joe Romano, Executive VP of VenuWorks

Kossow has been with the Sanford Center for three years, and is moving to Washington state with his growing family. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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