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April 05, 2011 7:16 am

Chamber of commerce director fired

Written by Tessa Schweigert

For the third time in as many years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce is without an executive director.

Kim Dillivan received a letter of termination on Thursday morning, he said.

Dillivan said he believes the reasons are unjustified, and he has sought legal counsel.

“We’ll let the attorneys sort it out now,” Dillivan said Friday. “We’ll see where it goes from here.”

Gina Vogel, the membership programs coordinator, resigned from the chamber on Thursday, said Dan Hadden, chamber board president.

Hadden declined to give reasons for Dillivan’s termination.

“We’re just going to move on,” Hadden said Monday. “Things are going to change.”

A temporary employee is working at the chamber for now, overseeing secretarial responsibilities.

Hadden said a search for a new chamber director and programs coordinator will be under way soon. He added that he believes the chamber needs a director who has been involved in retail business and who can help keep local business owners upbeat in a difficult economy.

“We need to keep Powell prospering with a director who understands the retail community. That’s the bottom line,” Hadden said.

Dillivan was hired as the chamber’s executive director last spring, replacing Naomi Burns.

Burns served as director from November 2008 until resigning from the post in the spring of 2010.

Previously, Kim Capron held the position until she resigned in June 2008.

6 comments

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 7:58 am posted by Dewey

    Not a banner year for Chamber directors in Park County...

    We will survive. I still haven't figured out what Chambers really do. Cheerleading school?

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 9:03 am posted by Brian Deb Fischer

    Last year we visited the Powell Chamber and we asked the young receptionist working the front desk where we could camp with our pickup and topper since the park was closed and she didn't know. Then we asked about Lovell Days; when they were and she didn't know so we were very upset when we left there. Not one other person in the chamber came out to see if we helped and we know the person sitting in the east office over heard what the gal had told us. That she didn't know. If you are going to hire people to work for the Chamber they should not only know where you can camp in the immediate area but also the surrounding areas, in addition to knowing when celebrations are going on in those towns as well. We hope this firing is the start of a better Chamber in Powell and we'll be back to check the new chamber staff out and hope they have better informed staff!

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 9:34 am posted by Salty Dawg

    There sure seems to be a lot of "firing" happening lately,maybe a few uppity ups need to be replaced in this town.Looks to me like there is a lot of incompetent people in management positions in Powell.

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 12:30 pm posted by Shona

    Been a Chamber member for a couple of years and have come to realize that Powell does not support businesses owned by people that are not from Powell, they really don't make you feel welcome, it is for their kind that grew up in Powell, I will not be renewing my membership just a waste of money for the Powell elite

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 4:39 pm posted by clipstein

    Heeeee HEEEEEEE you could take something from all the comments and get the meat of I don't care attitude....... How about taking 21 months to find a business on bent st?????? How about promoting for only a couple of business's? What is it now 6 years and never listened...... See the merc is the same way. bye bye

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 4:53 pm posted by clipstein

    Interesting can't find the article about the merc??? isn't it the same one who was the head of the chamber and ?????? isn't it the same one who only cares about a couple of business's..... now so smart can be the head of the directors????? Wow only in powell, where did common sense go to... how about caring?????

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