Sioux City Events Director Resigns
(SIOUX CITY, IA) The man behind the magic at the Tyson Events Center and the Orpheum is calling it quits.
Aran Rush says it's time to move on but according to Dave Bernstein, a former Events Facilities Advisory Board member who helped hire him, Aran left because someone pushed him to the limit.
"I have the utmost respect for Aran and I am very sad he's leaving our community," says Dave Bernstein.
Aran Rush has been the driving force behind the success of the Orpheum Theatre, Tyson Events Center and other tourism operations for the last four years.
"I just think this market has a lot of great potential. I think Sioux City is a great place to live, has a lot of great potential and I think people should be proud to live here," says Rush.
Which is a big reason why Dave Bernstein is sad to see him go.
"I was involved with the screening process when we hired Aran in the first place on behalf of the city and again it's just very unfortunate to see him go," says Bernstein.
"I really felt like it was time to pass the baton. We've got a lot of great people in this department, we've accomplished so much and I think people ready to take the baton and take it to the next level," says Rush.
But Bernstein says that's not the whole story.
"I think Aran probably felt pressure to resign or felt pressure and probably a somewhat un welcoming workplace because of a lot of pressure from a council member which was inappropriate. I mean generally any pressure should come from the city manager but there was a lot of direct pressure from a council member," says Bernstein.
But Bernstein stopped short of naming names and says Rush has been diplomatic about his departure.
"He never told me that, specifically. He's been utmost professional in this process and just has the highest regards for Sioux City and our City manager and I think he's sad to leave but a guy like Aran can have a lot of other opportunities. So maybe for him it will be a positive journey," he says.
And as Rush's last week with the city approaches he's reflecting on the good times.
"I was most proud of bringing in Elton John on two weeks notice. Pulling that off and having it sell out so fast and setting the record of having the highest gross and the fastest sell out at the time which we later broke with Luke Ryan," says Rush.
His last day is May 10th.
Now we called Paul Eckert Sioux City City Manager and he didn't get back to us.
We also reached out to council members - Rhonda Capron released this statement saying:
"Aran has done a good job. We accepted his resignation. We wish him well and appreciate all that he's done for the city."
And Keith Radig told us Aran's resignation is "A loss to this city. I don't want to see him go. He has a successful track record with the city."
Erika Newton the current Convention Bureau Manager will take Rush's place temporarily until the city can find a permanent replacement.