Chamber hires new executive director

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FARMINGTON — Franklin County Chamber of Commerce directors hired Stacie Bourassa on Tuesday to serve as the chamber’s new executive director.

Based on her knowledge of and experience working in the community, executive board members recommended her above other candidates, Ivan Gould, board president, said.

Bourassa, of Farmington, will leave her position as administrative assistant for the United Way of the Tri Valley Area in Farmington and is expected to begin her new duties on June 6, Gould said.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Bourassa said.

Marc Relford, a University of Maine at Farmington student intern, who has been working at the chamber, has been hired for the summer and will cover the chamber office on the Wilton Road until Bourassa arrives, Gould said.

“We’ve hired a dynamic new director and one with compassion,” Shannon Smith, board secretary, said while preparing for the chamber’s 17th annual Home and Leisure Show planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Farmington Fairgrounds.

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The board began searching for a new executive director after Lorna Nichols submitted her resignation last month.

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