Full Bangor chamber board upholds president’s firing

Posted July 09, 2009, at 4:23 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The full Board of Directors of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce voted Thursday to uphold a decision made last week by the board’s smaller executive committee to terminate the employment of longtime president Candy Guerette.

John Diamond, chairman of the chamber’s board, made the announcement of the board’s decision, which he called difficult but appropriate and timely.

Diamond also indicated that the Board of Directors would immediately move forward with the process of conducting a search for a new president/CEO. Board member Jerry Whalen, vice president of business development for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, will chair the search committee.

“The Board is confident that it will attract a strong pool of candidates with leadership and business advocacy experience,” the chairman said in a statement from the chamber. “Meanwhile, the Board continues to move forward with the communication and implementation of its long-term strategic plan.”

Despite Thursday’s decision, a special meeting open to any and all members of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce that is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday will proceed as scheduled. The meeting will not reverse the decision by the executive committee and the full board, but could determine whether or not an advisory committee will be formed to investigate the matter further.

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