Sequim Chamber of Commerce regroups after mass exit over executive director firing

SEQUIM — The day after the resignations of all but two Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce board members, a coalition is calling for nominations and votes for a new board.

Those two weren’t commenting on Wednesday about whether or not they planned to resign.

The Concerned Chamber Committee, which on Tuesday asked the board members to step down, needs an interim governing panel, said committee spokesman Gil Simon.

Simon, an attorney and co-owner of Sequim Village Glass, joined with about 14 other local business people in demanding the old board members’ resignations.

Led by board president Joe Borden, they had fired chamber executive director Lee Lawrence on Jan. 18.

The board didn’t give enough of an explanation, Simon said — not immediately afterward and not at Tuesday’s forum at the Sequim Elks Lodge.

Borden and 10 others gave their resignations at the end of the hours-long meeting.

But two board members were no longer in attendance.

Real estate agent Ron Gilles said he had to leave halfway through the forum to go to an appointment. And Hattie Dixon, 2007’s board president, was on her way back from a vacation in Hawaii.

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