After serving as executive director since January 2013, Kevin Dwyer will be departing his position at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce at the end of the current fiscal year. As part of his remaining time, he will assist the board in hiring a replacement.
Board president-elect Curtis Wright spoke of the steps required in this process. First, candidates will be recruited, applications screened, and finalists interviewed. The goal is to have the position filled by June to ease the transition of Dwyer’s departure, while continuing to maintain the representation of businesses within the community.
Dwyer has an extensive list of community involvement since he began his position, championing such issues as the plastic bag ordinance, student housing development, property management, and encouraging local business to donate to agencies that are assisting the homeless population here in Corvallis. His tenure did meet with some controversy late last year with the circulation of a Chamber-sponsored pamphlet that advocated for donating to area homelessness help providers and refraining from direct donations to panhandlers.
Dwyer stated, “As the executive director, [my goal] was to be consistent in representing business at counsel and government meetings, giving the local businesses a unified voice in regards to basic city functions. The ultimate goal is to focus on balance between growth and advancement yet retain sustainability within a diverse community that will continue to have a lot of potential.”
Currently, there is no word on possible applicants to replace Dwyer.