Tate resigns as Chamber director

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jennifer Tate has resigned as director of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

In a letter to board members, Tate said she has taken a position with another company.

“I have accepted a position with a company that will allow me to grow professionally and that will provide my family with some much needed benefits,” Tate wrote. “I have worked alongside some terrific colleagues. I think we as a team made some great improvements to our program of work and the business climate of the area.”

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Tate said she was proud of her time with the Chamber, which saw a growth in memberships. The Chamber also sponsors several events throughout the year, most notably Christmas on the River as well as Freedom on the River on the Fourth of July.

“It’s been a great four years,” Tate said. “I will never forget my time at the Chamber or the relationships and friendships that were built. I couldn’t have done my job without these people. I wish I could thank them more.”

Buffy Etheridge, president of the Chamber board of directors, said she hated to see Tate leave but is excited for her friend.

“I’m very sad we are losing Jenn because I think she been very instrumental in her role and supported us very well,” Etheridge said. “On the other hand, I’m glad she is being able to better herself financially.”

Etheridge said the Chamber would staff its office with temporary help. Brenda Tuck with the Marengo County Economic Development Authority is assisting with finding people to help in the interim.

The board will also begin the process of finding a replacement.

Etheridge said the board won’t rush to make a hire but would like to find the right candidate as soon as possible.

“Hopefully, we can find someone pretty quick,” she said.