The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance is slated to begin searching for a new CEO soon after JJ Harris tendered his resignation last week, LCBA Board Vice Chair Nancy Stutzman said.
“(Harris’) resignation did come as a surprise,” Stutzman said. “But an opportunity arose and he chose to move on. We appreciate what he did and wish him well.”
Harris did not respond to requests for comment.
Stutzman said Harris was headed to Florida, but she wasn’t sure what he would be doing there.
The LCBA hired Harris in May 2016 to replace former CEO and President Rep. Dan Furphy, R-Laramie, who helped lead the merger of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation and Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce to create the LCBA in 2013, LCBA Vice President of Economic Development Josh Boudreau said.
While Stutzman said the board could name an interim CEO and president as early as March 21, Boudreau and LCBA Vice President of Membership Josie Molloy would be in charge of the organizations day-to-day operations.
“We’re very confident the organization is in a good place,” Stutzman said. “(Molloy) and (Boudreau) are very qualified to ensure the organization continues to move forward.”
Boudreau said he did not foresee any complications arising in the absence of a CEO.
“Both (Molloy) and I are in communication with the board to ensure a seamless transition for the next CEO and ensure no gaps in service to our membership,” he said.
The process for finding the organization’s next leader would begin with the board creating a search subcommittee comprised of board members, LCBA members and community partners, Stutzman said.
Once created, the subcommittee would draft a job description and determine in what ways a new CEO should lead the organization, Stutzman said.
The search could begin soon, but she said she was not sure how long it might take.
“We’re going to search until we (find) the right person and perfect fit for our organization,” Stutzman said.