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Kilgore chamber restarts search for leader

Kilgore chamber restarts search for leader
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:44am

The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce board re-started its search last week for a new director after a sole finalist pulled out when an offer was tendered.

“We had made an offer, to a fellow that did really good in the interview,” interim chamber president Ronnie Morrison said Wednesday. “But, for whatever reason, he decided to back out. We’re kind of starting the process again.”

The chamber board began looking for a new executive director in February when longtime leader Mike Coston left. Morrison said 26 applicants threw their hats in the ring, some of whom will be considered in the new search round.

There is no timetable to make the hire happen, he added. Advertising on municipal and chamber industry web sites has resumed, he said.

“They’ll be looking for someone with chamber of commerce experience and somebody who’s been there,” Morrison said. “(The board wants) somebody who is committed to Kilgore and East Texas.”

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