The St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is waiting for state approval on whether it officially can hire the candidate it wants for its executive director.

The board offered the position to its top candidate last week and the individual has accepted, pending state approval, Chamber board President Nathan Tate told The Missourian this week.

The name of the individual cannot be released until the state gives its OK. The state must conduct background checks since the executive director also will be the contract manager of the license office.

Many of Missouri’s license offices are set up this way. St. Clair’s Chamber of Commerce was awarded the license office contract for another four years earlier this year.

“We’ve picked our candidate,” Tate said. “We’re just waiting on the state. They are checking things out on their end.”

He said he had no idea how long the state’s process will take.

Tate basically told the Chamber membership the same thing during its July meeting on Wednesday at Budget Lodging.

“I’ve been told the state contract administrator has everything on his desk to review,” he said. “We’re just waiting for that approval. We can’t release the name until we have that approval.”

Tate did indicate the recommended individual is local.

“We’re thrilled about that,” he said. “That was one of our concerning issues – to find a qualified candidate who is from around here. We think we have that with this person.”

A search committee consisting of Chamber board members was charged with finding the new executive director last month after Angela Crawford abruptly resigned in late May.

Crawford had been the St. Clair Chamber’s executive director for about 2 ½ years before she suddenly turned in her resignation to the board during its May meeting. She gave no notice.

A week before she turned in her resignation, Crawford fired St. Clair License Office Manager Barb McGlenn. 

However, McGlenn was rehired a short time later. 

Tate told The Missourian in an earlier story that he could not confirm or deny if Crawford’s resignation had anything to do with McGlenn’s dismissal or the board’s reaction to it.

Chamber board member Bob Triphahn, a member of the selection committee, refused to comment on the hiring procedure.

“The process is no one’s business but ours,” he said. “We’re not hiding anything as we used standard hiring protocol.”