Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 15, 2013

Search on for chamber post

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The first step in finding the next person to guide a Pauls Valley community group is to get the word out.

What members of the PV Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are looking to do is to reach out and let people know they’re starting a search for a new president.

The opening only recently occurred when Della Wilson announced she will be leaving the position soon after serving as the local chamber’s director for the past seven years.

Howard Grider, who just last month started his tenure as the chamber’s board chairman, said the process has begun in the form of a job opening announcement.

At the same time a chamber committee will oversee the effort to ultimately find Wilson’s replacement.

“We’ll develop a search committee, which is basically the executive board,” Grider said. “We might add some more members to that committee later.

“All we’ve done so far is send that ad out,” he said, referring to an advertisement outlining the specifics of the president’s job.

“Basically so far we’re getting the word out and we’ll see what kind of responses we get. I’ve already had some people reach out and ask about it.”

For now the chamber board’s next step is to participate in its annual retreat, this time in the Purcell area, planned for next weekend.

The retreat normally serves as an opportunity to give new board members a chance to get their first introduction to serving with the local organization.

One topic likely to get some consideration is the search for a new chamber president.

“This will be one of the topics, probably the main topic of discussion,” Grider said.

“We will be discussing what we need to do to replace Della.”

Wilson, who is expected to attend the retreat, is officially resigning after July 16. She first started in the position in 2006.

Wilson is leaving the chamber to become a business development officer for First United Bank with her main focus on increasing the volume of business for the banks in the Pauls Valley and Ada areas.

The search for a replacement is expected to continue throughout July and possibly stretch into next month.