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Koehntop to leave chamber position

The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce's marketing director, Andrea Koehntop, has resigned effective Feb. 14, chamber board president Jill Loge said. The board accepted Koehntop's resignation at a Feb. 5 meeting.

Koehntop said she will miss working in the Morris community but now has a full-time job with additional opportunities for professional growth.

Koehntop said among the tasks she will miss is planning activities such as the holiday events for families. She likes seeing the enjoyment kids and families have at events such as Santa Days.

Now, she will enjoy attending Prairie Pioneer Days in September as a community member, Koehntop said. She's looking forward to the change in date and venue as it's moved to September and the Stevens County Fairgrounds.

The chamber position is a part-time position. The chamber's second position, administrative director, is also a part-time position.

Loge said the chamber board has discussed merging the two positions and not filling the marketing director's position. No final decision has been made.

The city of Morris provides $20,000 toward the marketing position, city manager Blaine Hill said. The city money comes from hotel and lodging taxes. Hill said the money is to be applied toward marketing the city and not for chamber work.

Hill said he during December budget discussions with the city council he suggested a contract for the marketing position that specificies hours spent on marketing for the city. The city does not want to provide money for chamber work, Hill said.

If the chamber does not fill the marketing position, Hill said the city will likely need to find an option for marketing.

The city recently gave notice to the firm of DAYTA which had been providing some marketing services such as social media, for the city at about $1,200 a month.