The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce has “four or five good resumes” for the position of chamber president and has engaged a search firm to find others, chairman Mark Valentine told his board of directors last Friday.
“It looks promising,” he said. “I’m kind of psyched up about it.”
The chamber has been without a president since Shane Short resigned in August, and its first search committee disbanded just a month ago. Since then, Valentine said, a new search committee has been formed, has posted the new job description on various web sites and signed a contract with a firm that will be paid $10,000 if it delivers an accepted candidate.
Valentine attributed the new resumes to the fact that the board voted last month to combine the positions of president and economic development director, creating a higher salary.
“I would envision that within a two-week period to start interviewing with the resumes we have,” he said, adding that the committee has “three or four other people we’re talking to that we’re trying to recruit to talk to us further.”
Valentine also introduced recently hired interim CEO Bryan Dearing, former CEO of Northridge Medical Center, who he said “hit the ground running” after his appointment.
Dearing expressed pleasure at “being back in Jackson County” and told the directors, “I want you to find the right permanent person, but if you take awhile, that’s fine with me.
Dearing said he’d received three requests for information the previous Monday from potential industrial prospects.
In a related matter, Linda Foster, the chamber’s vice president of member services, reported the hiring of Shannon Ferguson of Jefferson as the chamber’s new “membership coordinator.”