Director of Communications, Chief of Human Resources, & More Fired From Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Amid Reports of ‘Toxic’ Work Environment

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Director of Communications, Chief of Human Resources, & More Fired From Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Amid Reports of ‘Toxic’ Work Environment

The Orlando Sentinel obtained internal emails regarding the firings of two officials and two other employees from the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

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The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District severed employment contracts with four individuals:

  • Eryka Washington Perry, director of communications
  • Jason Middleton, chief of human resources
  • an administrative assistant
  • a facilities maintenance specialist
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Central Florida Tourism Oversight District administrator Glin Gilzean released a memo to other members of the district that named the employees and called the firings “separations.”

“These separations were isolated and specific and are not representative of our team members who show up every day with excellence and a clear vision of a stronger tomorrow for our taxpayers and visitors,” Gilzean’s email said.

Washington Perry and Middleton had been hired to the former Reedy Creek District.

None of the four former employees have replied to requests for comment from Orlando Sentinel.

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The firings come on the heels of a public delay to stipend payouts intended to replace the Walt Disney World Annual Pass benefit to employees. In October, a report indicated that over 30 employees have resigned from the CFTOD due to an “uncomfortable,” “stressful,” and “toxic” working environment, according to Jason Garcia for Seeking Rents. The District has lost more than 30 employees with a combined 350 years of experience since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took control in early 2023.

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