The St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors is looking for a new executive director after Angela Crawford abruptly resigned last week.
Crawford, who had been employed as executive director for about 2-1/2 years, resigned without notice or warning in an executive session during the Chamber board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 28. Board President Nathan Tate told Chamber membership about the development during the noon meeting that followed at Budget Lodging.
Little additional information was provided. The resignation was effective immediately.
Just over a week earlier, St. Clair License Office Manager Barb McGlenn was fired by Crawford. The local Chamber oversees the license office, and was awarded that contract for another four years in April.
As of this Monday, McGlenn was back working at the license office. Tate said because of the contract with the state, he could not comment on her re-employment. McGlenn, however, confirmed her re-employment on Monday.
Tate also could not confirm or deny if Crawford’s resignation had anything to do with McGlenn’s dismissal or the board’s reaction to it.
However, Crawford had sent an email to all Chamber members on May 20 advertising for a license office manager. She also sent information for an advertisement concerning the position to The Missourian. The ad ran twice — on May 24-25 and on May 28.
Chamber board member Laura Sullivan contacted the paper shortly after Crawford’s resignation to cancel the ad, apparently because McGlenn had been rehired.
Tate said Crawford’s resignation was unexpected.
“During the course of our monthly board meeting, Angela presented us with her resignation,” Tate told The Missourian on Monday. “There was no indication she was going to do this. She said she was going to pursue other opportunities that would allow her to directly focus on her career goals and allow her more time with her family outside of work.”
Crawford lives with her husband in Cuba and commuted to St. Clair for her job.
“Her resignation came as a surprise,” Tate said, adding that Crawford interrupted the board’s executive session to hand in her resignation.
Tate said the process already has started to find a replacement.
“We’re working on finding a new director and are excited about moving forward,” he said. “In the interim, the board is handling things. We’re all pulling together.
“Things will continue as normal as much as possible,” Tate said. “The Chamber and the license office will continue to be up and running.”
Tate sent an email to Chamber members on Tuesday morning updating them on the situation.
“As many of you are aware, our executive director, Angela Crawford, turned in her resignation last week,” the email read. “Moving forward, the Chamber board has begun the process of filling the vacant position ... and hope to fill the position soon. ...
“Please bear with us as we go through this time of transition. We will keep everyone up to date as things progress.”
Tate said that during the interim period, individuals with questions or needs relating to the Chamber are asked to follow normal procedure and call or email the office. Part-time Chamber employee Rebecca Blankenship is helping the board during the interim period.
“We’re going to post the job and see what kind of candidates we get,” Tate said. “It would be a huge benefit if the person lived in the area or was willing to relocate. It’s always more beneficial if the director would live here, and I think the public is in favor of that.
“We won’t turn away considering anyone, and we will hire someone as soon as we can.”
Chamber Vice President Tim Davis said he is excited about what a new director will bring to the city.
“I’m looking forward to working with our new person to help promote St. Clair,” he said.
Crawford’s predecessor, Bob Swank, also did not live in the area and commuted to and from St. Clair for the job.
Crawford started with the local Chamber in January 2012.