Dave Heineman

Nebraska Tourism Commission fires embattled director

The Nebraska Tourism Commission fired its executive director Thursday in the wake of a blistering state audit that found questionable spending and a lack of oversight within the agency.

Kathy McKillip had been suspended with pay before the 8-0 vote to terminate her contract. Commissioners appointed deputy director Heather Hogue as a temporary director until they name a permanent replacement.

The state auditor's office released a report April 29 that highlighted numerous spending problems within the agency, such as running $4.4 million over budget over three years with an advertising firm's contract and paying $44,000 in speaking fees for a 90-minute speech by a corporate...