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Tarboro Chamber begins search for director

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Monday, June 17, 2019

An advertisement could be appearing this week describing what the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce is seeking in a future executive director.

“It’s being worked on,” Chamber Board Chairwoman Donna Dew said.

Dew said once the text is ready for publication, “We’ll probably put it out there for a couple of weeks to advertise the position.”

Susan Freeman had been the Chamber’s executive director since autumn 2015. She left last week to accept a similar position with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in the far southeastern corner of the state.

One of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber’s staffers, Elizabeth Burns, was named as interim executive director.

Dew has been serving as the Chamber’s board chairwoman since January.

Of what generally is being sought in the future executive director, Dew said someone with experience with a chamber and in tourism, who works well with people, has a lot of good ideas, is a fundraiser and is a good manager.

Freeman left big shoes to fill, Dew said.

“She did an outstanding job the four years she was here, she sure did,” she said.

And Dew said Freeman has lots of knowledge, with prior experience leading the Avery County Chamber of Commerce in the western part of the state.

Dew said a committee within the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber board is going to be tasked with reviewing the job applications, making decisions and issuing a recommendation to the full board.

By virtue of being board chairwoman, Dew is going to be serving on the committee.

As for when the board wants to make an offer and have the new executive director reporting for work, Dew said, “We have a very good one now that’s interim. So we’re just working along with that right now, not rushing into it.”

Dew said the main priority has first been renewing a contract with the Edgecombe County Tourism Development Authority so the Chamber can advertise the duties of the future executive director.

She said the Chamber and the TDA have had an agreement in which the Chamber’s executive director doubles as the county’s chief tourism officer.

“They hire our services,” she said.

She said the agreement is renewable yearly and was set to expire at the end of the month.

She said details of the new contact have been worked out and only needs reviewing by attorneys and the signatures.

“We have come to an agreement,” she said.

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