Chamber must take time, make deliberate choice for next leader

Published 5:00 am Monday, September 13, 2004

The chamber of commerce’s executive vice president represents asignificant part of the big picture of economic and communitydevelopment.

One of the position’s most important roles is that of liaisonbetween business and industrial prospects and community leaders.The executive vice president is often among the first local peoplethat business and industry leaders meet when considering arelocation or expansion.

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is looking fora new “face” following last week’s announcement that Chandler Russis leaving to accept a similar position with the Tennessee ValleyAuthority.

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From several expansions or new companies locating here to layingthe groundwork for a new industrial park, Russ has beeninstrumental in helping this community grow. It will be crucialthat the next executive vice president be able to continue helplead Brookhaven and Lincoln County on the path to prosperity.

Chamber officials say they want to find a replacement soon butwill not be in a hurry to do so. We commend those sentiments andencourage chamber leaders to conduct a diligent search to find theright person for the job.