Sequim Chamber of Commerce board members quit at forum held over executive director’s firing

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce has no executive director, no interim director and almost no governing board.

On Tuesday, close to three hours of demands for information, crying and jeering from some 125 members and spectators at the Sequim Elks Lodge led to the resignations of chamber board president Joe Borden and 10 other board members.

Only Hattie Dixon, president of the board in 2007, and Ron Gilles didn’t resign at the end of Tuesday’s long lunch meeting.

Dixon is in Hawaii on a long-planned trip, and Gilles left Tuesday’s meeting before it ended.

Three weeks ago, the board fired Lee Lawrence, a former Sequim Citizen of the Year, financial planner and member of many local service groups.

He’d become chamber director last August.

At first, Borden didn’t explain why.

He became interim director and began a search for a permanent paid chief.

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