Board asks Speck to leave his post after serving for one year

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wrote a resignation letter and asked Chamber Executive Director Mitch Speck to sign it last week.

Speck’s first public statement occurred Monday night at a meeting of the Sandy City Council, because of the close relationship between the chamber and the city.Mitch Speck

Speck expressed sadness when he informed the council of his departure, hinting that it had something to do with his view that the chamber would be a good organization to manage Sandy Main Street.

Speaking to the council Monday, Speck said he was not invited (by the board) to provide information to the Main Street steering committee about some chambers in Oregon that are successfully managing Main Street programs in their cities.

He encouraged the council to seek compromise with the chamber board, Main Street steering committee and city staff to find a way to manage and support the continuance of Sandy Main Street.

“(Chamber management) would give Main Street the administrative support it needs at an affordable cost,” he told the council. “It would do this without the need of an EID (economic improvement district) as well and meet the underlying goal of this council.”

Speck closed his public remarks by suggesting his departure was political, and said, “in time most if not all of you will know the reason that I was asked to resign.”

Speck is a local business owner, and has been active in community affairs, including membership on the following committees: transit, wayfinding, economic development and the flexible zoning task force.

In a press release last week from Laura Allen, board chairwoman, Speck’s resignation was accepted with appreciation for his efforts.

“Mitch filled an important role in our organization,” Allen wrote in the press release. “We appreciate his effort and wish him well.”

Serving as interim director from December 2011 to June 2012, Speck became the full-time chamber executive director in June, when former executive director Hollis MacLean-Wenzel was forced to resign for health reasons.

Allen said the board, which includes newly elected members, would meet soon to develop goals for 2013 as well as a process to find a new executive director and move forward.

For more information, contact Allen by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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