Executive committee supports chamber CEO Greg Urban

By Brian Soergel | Sep 25, 2018
Greg Urban

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce executive committee, after meeting with downtown merchants this week to hear concerns about the chamber’s direction, has thrown in its support behind embattled CEO and President Greg Urban.

“Collaboration and communication is important between the chamber, Edmonds Downtown Alliance (ED!) and the Downtown Merchants Association for the benefit of all concerned,” said Marilla Sargent, chairwoman of the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber is committed to working closely in a cohesive and supportive manner. Based on our direct experience, we support the current CEO, Greg Urban, and are actively recruiting staff replacement for current, open positions.”

The chamber – which serves to promote and support the economic vitality of the city – lost two-thirds of its paid staff in late August with the resignations of Development and Community Engagement Manager Jan Nicholas and Operations and Finance Manager Stephanie Johnstone.

Nicholas was named the chamber’s new membership manager in September 2016. She replaced Sandra Williams, who resigned in July 2016.

Williams said then that she turned in her resignation on Wednesday, July 13, with the intention of staying on for 30 days and working on A Taste of Edmonds. When Williams reported for work Thursday, July 14, she said she was told to leave.

Williams replaced Valerie Claypool, and began her duties in December 2014. Claypool had held her position since March 2012 and worked as a co-manager with Ailsa Kellam, who was named business and communication manager.

Claypool and Kellam’s jobs were part of a cost-cutting move for the chamber, which eliminated the position of executive Jan Vance after she had served five years.

Kellam resigned in July 2013. She had replaced Carolyn LaFave, who now is executive assistant to Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.













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