Beverly Durant has resigned as executive director of the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce.
Durant's resignation was announced by the chamber board in an email sent to members on Oct. 16.
In her own emotional email message to chamber members, also sent on Oct. 16, Durant confirmed the news: “It is with deep regret that I must tell you that I will be leaving the Chamber,” she wrote. “I have decided to be at home with my family. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and getting to know each and every one of you. I feel truly blessed to have known you all. Thank you for all the laughs, experiences, and relationships. I will miss everyone and hope nothing but great success for the future!”
Durant has led the Elizabeth Chamber since January 2008. Her last day on the job was October 23.
“The duties of this position have just continued to grow over the years,” Durant said during her final week on the job. “I've been getting busier and busier and burning the candle at both ends for too long now.”
Explaining that her husband has had “health issues” for the past year, Durant, who lives north of Kiowa, added: “I've got to be home taking care of my family and the ranch.”
Debbie Ullom, president of the chamber's board of directors, credited Durant with increasing chamber membership and visibility during her nearly six-year tenure.
“We will miss Beverly's smiling face and cheerful attitude in the office,” Ullom said.
“The board will make every effort to have the (director) position filled by the end of the year,” Ullom added. “We are exploring the option of (hiring) two part-time employees with two distinct job descriptions.”