Continuing its search to replace former president Ernie Hartong, the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to begin interviewing applicants.

Continuing its search to replace former president Ernie Hartong, the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to begin interviewing applicants.

The chamber received 20 applications for the president's post, said Joe Patchen, chairman of the board for the chamber.

"We have some remarkably well-qualified candidates" with a broad range of experience, Patchen said.

The board plans to undertake the interview process soon, though Patchen declined to say when interviews will take place or how many applicants will be interviewed.

Once interviews are complete, Patchen said the committee of chamber members working to find a new president will evaluate its options.

"We'll have to pause and see where we are at that time," he said.

Patchen said he believes the chamber will make a selection over the next few weeks.

He is confident that the chamber committee working to select a president will not struggle to come to an agreement.

"We work very well together," Patchen said.

Hartong left the chamber at the beginning of March after holding the position of president for more than six years.

According to the job description posted on the chamber Web site, the 35-hour-a-week post of president carries responsibilities including managing volunteers, the board and chamber staff; recruiting members; planning and overseeing the budget; coordinating strategic planning and fundraising; planning events; serving on boards; and communicating with the media, public and chamber members.

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