Following the resignation of Clintonville Chamber of Commerce president Donna Leigh-Osborne, chamber employee Jenny Smith has been chosen to act as interim executive director.

Following the resignation of Clintonville Chamber of Commerce president Donna Leigh-Osborne, chamber employee Jenny Smith has been chosen to act as interim executive director.

Smith, a real estate agent of 23 years, has worked in the chamber office since September, helping to organize events and with office work. The chamber's executive board voted May 19 to have her step in as interim chamber head.

"She's been through all of this period with us, and she's doing a fantastic job," said Joe Patchen, president of the chamber's board of trustees.

Patchen said Smith will be considered for the permanent post of chamber president, but that designation must be made by the chamber's full board, which is not scheduled to meet until June 9.

"We have to have a full board consideration before we can eliminate all other possibilities," Patchen said. "She's clearly up for the job."

As the chamber waits for that meeting, Smith said no time is being lost working on ongoing projects and new initiatives.

"We're moving forward. We're continuing to develop new programs," Smith said. "We're not missing a step here. We're not sitting around waiting."

She said the chamber is currently working to amp up its networking programs, reinstating business after hours events and creating a morning networking event to allow new members to meet existing members.

"I think we are going to be the networking group here," she said.

Smith has lived in Clintonville for the past 35 years and has been a chamber volunteer for the past 10 years.

"I've been a member of the chamber and chair of functions, silent auctions, those sorts of good things," Smith said.

She said she enjoys being part of the business community because of the support the businesses show one another.

"I enjoy the people and the networking and our community," Smith said. "We are so lucky Everyone supports each other and helps each other."

Leigh-Osborne was selected in April to replace outgoing chamber president Ernie Hartong, who held onto the post for six and a half years. The chamber announced May 18 that Leigh-Osborne was stepping down and would continue to work with the chamber on a volunteer basis.

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