COURTNEY KING will remain interim executive director of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce through the end of the year.
The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce board of directors decided this week that former assistant director Courtney King will serve as interim executive director through the end of the calendar year. King has had the title since former executive director Trey Gainous resigned to take a job with Grady E.M.C. in April.
Seth Stanaland, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, says the board had originally planned to advertise the position after restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic lifted.
Stanaland stated Monday, “Due to continued restrictions and uncertainty around the pandemic, we decided today to name Courtney interim executive director through at least the remainder of 2020 with expectations to advertise the executive director position publicly in early 2021.”
King has worked at the chamber since Dec. 4, 2017, when she was hired as an assistant director.
Stanaland says her experience brings stability to the chamber during a time of uncertainty. “Courtney serving as interim executive director will ensure that the chamber is able to continue to effectively serve our members in times of tremendous economic uncertainty and until a permanent executive director is named,” he states.
King says she is looking forward to continuing to work for chamber members.
“I will continue to advocate for our members and promote them to the best of my capability – even during these ‘trying’ times. The pursuit for economic growth, while being at the forefront of tourism for Grady County, is another thing that I am passionate about and that will remain at the top of my list. I take pride in the fact that the chamber is one of the loudest voices for Cairo, Grady County and our members,” she says.
Meanwhile, Stanaland is set to serve as chairman of the chamber board through December, which is also when his term on the board ends. Other members of the chamber board include, Barbara Darus (vice chair), Brandie Cecil, Stephen Francis, Dr. Keri Hartsell, Thad LeGette, Dr. Zita Magloire, Russell Pollock and Charles Renaud.
King says the chamber office is open and ready to greet visitors. “We are open to the public and would love some company,” she says.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming summer raffle and more projects on the horizon, despite COVID-19. King says, “The chamber is finalizing plans for a summertime raffle, the new teachers’ luncheon, and we are in the beginning stages of planning our annual golf tournament.”
The chamber is located at 961 N. Broad St. in Cairo and may be reached by calling 229-377-3663.