Bateman resigns as Chamber's executive director

by Kevin Force, Editor

Jaynellen Bateman, executive director of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday that she has resigned her position effective Feb. 15.

Bateman, who took over as the executive director last April, confirmed that she submitted her letter of resignation to the members of the chamber's board just nine days after the chamber's annual awards banquet in which its new officers were installed.

"I felt it was time to pursue other opportunities and advance my career," Bateman said.

She leaves the position for a job in sales with Texas Trails, a publisher of maps of towns throughout the Hill Country.

"We're going to miss her," said Dwain Blaschke, the new president of the chamber's board of directors. "I'm sad to see her go. I consider her a personal friend and I wish her much success."

Blaschke said that he had nobody in mind to replace Bateman, but that the board still had resumes on file from the search conducted last year.

"That's where we'll start," Blaschke said. "We'll take a few days to look around, and if needed, we'll advertise the position."

Vice president Jeanne Slupik said that she would begin reviewing the job description this week and needed to confer with the other board members to move forward with the process.

Both Blaschke and Slupik want to fill the position as soon as possible and hopeful that a viable candidate will surface quickly, although they will rush the process.

Bateman is the second employee to resign from the chamber in the last few weeks. Kim Morris, who served as its administrative assistant last year, left her employed position also to pursue other opportunities and to serve on the board. She is a member of this year's board.

"I'd like to thank the board members who supported me, and they know who they are," Bateman said. "Also, I thank the community, the chamber members and the volunteers who were so supportive and so positive. I feel like a lot of people were joining the chamber because they knew I was here, and it felt like I was going to make a difference."

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