For the second time in less than six months, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director to run its day-to-day operations.
Chamber president Tim Linville said the chamber hopes to have someone in place by early March to “get prepared for next year.”
The new hire will replace Rod Mayhew, who left the post in January. He began working for the chamber last October, spending just around three months on the job.
According to Linville, the chamber’s selection committee began seeking Mayhew’s replacement three days after the 6th annual Pigz in Z’ Hills BBQ and Blues Festival ended on Jan. 16.
Linville said Mayhew was “looking for other opportunities,” adding that the chamber position “wasn’t a perfect fit for him.”
“He’s a good guy and, whatever he does, I’m sure he’ll be successful,” said Linville, who’s head of the selection committee.
Mayhew could not be reached for comment.
Mayhew was hired to fill the vacancy left by Vonnie Mikkelsen, who held the leadership role for six years before departing in July 2015 to accept a similar chamber position in Springfield, Oregon.
The executive director position pays between “$45,000 to $55,000,” according to the job posting.
The five-member selection committee is currently vetting candidates, and will choose “seven or eight” to do a phone interview, the chamber president said.
The top three candidates will get an in-person interview, with the committee choosing the top two to present to the chamber’s board of directors, which makes the final decision on whom to hire.
According to Linville, the chamber is looking to hire someone that “has past experience with chambers, or has been a director of other organizations.”
Published February 17, 2016