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Chamber director resigns

Staff reports

The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s executive director has resigned and says he plans to move back to southern California.

Chamber president-elect Elaine Agnason said Dave Bolick tendered his resignation during a special meeting Wednesday. She said the resignation had not been expected but would not say if the board was concerned about Bolick’s performance, citing confidentiality rules on personnel matters.

The chamber is a private organization, but it gets some public funding to promote tourism in Douglas County.

County Commissioner Steve Weissinger, a member of the chamber’s board of directors, said the group discussed a “personnel issue” but said he couldn’t comment further.

He said Bolick’s possible resignation was discussed during the meeting and confirmed later in the day, and Bolick was to be given a final check for accrued vacation, sick leave and salary.

Bolick said from his Carson City home Thursday that he plans to move back to California to be closer to his son and grandchildren.

“That’s the primary reason,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Carson Valley.

“The timing was right,” he added, referring to the chamber’s fiscal year, which started Friday.

He said his wife Fay plans to stay in Carson City and continue working.

Bolick was hired in February 1997, several months after previous director Sherie Whiteside was fired. Whiteside later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges, one of which involved credit cards that belonged to the chamber.

Bolick was picked from a field of 31 applicants. When they announced his selection, chamber officials cited “a strong sense of economic development,” “exciting” ideas and Bolick’s energy.

Bolick listed 21 years of experience in chamber and association management, including the California cities of Chino, San Bernardino, Escondido, Sacramento, Corona and Chico.

Agnason said the chamber plans to appoint an interim director in the coming week, but did not know if the person would be one of the group’s 18 directors and executives or an outside party.