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Timm, Chamber part ways

Jonathan Timm, owner of JET's Coffee Bistro (Photo by Micheal Foley)

After less than a month since announcing a local business owner as its new executive director, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is once again looking to fill the position.

According to a letter sent by Chamber President Chad Derrick to Chamber members on Friday afternoon, Jonathan Timm will not serve as the organization's next executive director.

Last month, Derrick unveiled Timm, the owner of JET's Coffee Bistro, as the organization's next executive director during a Business After Five event at the Laurel Supper Club. At that event, Derrick heaped praise upon Timm. 

"Jonathan is someone who started his business from the ground up," Derrick said last month. "He understands what small businesses have to do to make it work. From that standpoint, he'll be great for the Chamber and for small business, and even larger businesses. In general, business is the same whether it's small or big. In the end, I think Jonathan will be a big asset for businesses and the community as a whole. We are extremely exited to have Jonathan as our executive director."

In Friday's letter to Chamber members, Derrick wrote the following about Timm: "Jonathan has been a valuable Chamber member, and we wish him continued success as a dedicated business owner in the New Richmond community."

It is unclear whether the Chamber will begin a new search to fill the position, or if it will hire from the same pool of applicants from which Timm emerged.

Derrick's letter didn't indicate whether Timm resigned or if he was removed from the position. 

The news comes as the Chamber is gearing up for multiple summer events, including the Willow River Blues & Brews Fest and Park Art Fair starting Friday afternoon, the Spring Sparkler golf tournament that has been rescheduled for June 16, and Fun Fest next month. The Chamber has been operating without a full-time executive since Lisa Woletz stepped down from the position in March to take a marketing job with First National Community Bank.

"Rest assured Chamber operations and events will continue as planned, and we anticipate a successful remainder of the year," Derrick said in the letter. "Thank you for your patience and understanding." 

Neither Derrick nor Timm could be immediately reached for comment.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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