Murray chamber looking for new president

Phenna Petty

After a little less than a year on the job, Phenna Petty is out as head of the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce, and chamber board members are looking for a new president/CEO.

The chamber announced last month Petty was no longer president, effective Aug. 15.

"We agreed to part ways," Petty said. "I'm on a lot of boards and really involved in the Murray County community, I had to work really hard to balance everything I was doing. I'm the chairman of our DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services). I'm on the Region 1 DFCS board. I'm with Family Connections. I'm on the United Way Women's Leadership board. I'm in charge of a panel for United Way, and a lot of other stuff. It got difficult. Sometimes I was home at 9 or 10 at night."

The chamber board named Petty president in August 2018, replacing Dinah Rowe who had retired earlier in the year after 17 years with the chamber.

Petty had worked for the previous 23 years for Murray County Schools. She worked in the media center and front office at Murray County High School. In 2002 she became director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education for the school system.

The chamber is currently advertising on its website for a new president/CEO. The ad says the position is "responsible for the overall operation of the chamber, including but not limited to: planning, policy development, financial management, market development, promoting and enhancing the economic well-being of members."

The ad says they are looking for someone with a bachelor's degree or "comparable work experience." "Management and/or leadership experience" is required. Three years of "chamber or equivalent experience" is preferred.

It does not list a salary.

Board member K.W. Gong said he had not been at the last few board meeting so could not comment on the situation. Board members Wesley Barrell, Penny Carpenter and Joey Weaver did not immediately return telephone messages. Board members Maria Bradley and Gina Linder referred questions to board Chairman Merinda McGill. She did not immediately return a phone message Thursday or Friday.

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