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Chamber hands interim director reins to Dickerson

Lake Oswego pastor has solid record of community commitment

While the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce continues to search for a permanent executive director, they have a good man to fill in.

The Rev. Keith Dickerson, pastor of Hope Community Church of Lake Oswego, has agreed to serve as interim executive director for a period expected to be three to six months. Former director by: SUBMITTED - DICKERSONChuck O’Leary resigned in December, citing personal reasons.

Chamber president Doug Cushing said that with major activities coming up, including Hop at the Hunt and the flower basket program, the chamber needed to have someone in the top position.

“Keith has been very involved in the chamber and he has high visibility,” Cushing said. “He is very much out there in the community. We had been rotating board members for the job, but we needed to have someone on hand more regularly. We need him to give oversight to the staff and voice to the organization.”

“He has had experience coming into unsettled churches and helping things to work out,” Cushing said.

Dickerson and his wife, Peggy, moved to Lake Oswego in 2002 to take over the pastorate at Hope Community Church. Besides building the church, Dickerson became widely recognized for his charitable work, including Sparrow Services and the Christmas open house, at which people received food, clothes and toys.

Dickerson will continue to pastor his church while working part time at the chamber.

“Having Keith as our interim director will let us get a clearer picture of what we want in a permanent executive director,” Cushing said. “He can keep the ship steady while we refine our search by determining what qualities we want in a new director and doing our advertising of the position in the most effective way.”

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce is located at 459 Third St. For more information, visit lake-oswego.com or call 503-636-3634.


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