Chamber set to hire two

"The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce inadvertently is going to get more bang for its classified advertising buck.The chamber already was advertising to fill a new, restructured executive director position when its operations manager, Betty Sue Jameson, gave notice recently.As operations manager, Jameson had been the leader of the Silverdale Chamber's three-person staff. She left the chamber Nov. 24 to take a position with a government contractor.Jameson was not available for comment last week. Chamber Board of Directors President Lisa Hitchings declined to specify the exact nature of Jameson's new job.Due to a restructuring of the chamber's office staff, Hitchings and the other 10 members of the organization's Board of Directors had an abundance of resumés already on hand. The chamber had an executive director position through March 17, but it was eliminated after then-director Mary Graves resigned the position. Jameson's operations manager job was restructured to assume the duties previously assigned to the executive director.Hitchings, who works as a marketing representative for the Central Kitsap Reporter, said this year's recently empaneled board decided to revive the executive director position to relieve pressure on board members.We have a board of 11 people, most of whom have more-than-full time jobs, Hitchings said. We need consistent representation in the community.Under the new arrangement, the operations manager will be responsible for day-to-day office management, while the executive director will be the chamber's public representative. Before, the executive director did everything from balancing the books to recruiting members to running the office, Hitchings said. Now, the executive director is going to be mostly out in the community, while the operations manager will run the office.The top spot at the chamber has been the subject of high turnover in recent months. Graves, Jameson's predecessor, was executive director for just 15 weeks. Graves' predecessor, Deborah Horn, left the chamber after just a month on the job. The executive director position originally was eliminated after Graves complained that her duties were not commiserate with the title. That was what originally spurred chamber board officials to replace its executive director with an operations manager.This really does offer us a unique opportunity, Hitchings said. We have the opportunity to ... just look at the positions and decide what it is we want these people to do.A chamber subcommittee has selected six or seven candidates for interviews before the full Board of Directors, Hitchings said. Chamber officials hope to make two hires from that pool - one for executive director and one for operations manager. In the meantime, membership director Barbara Schumacher has assumed most of Jameson's duties. "

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