The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce has let go of its executive director, Marlene Hill, the chamber announced in an email to its members Thursday.
It is unclear why she was fired. Colleen Roby, the chamber’s president, said it was “just a personnel issue,” and declined to comment further.
While the chamber looks for a replacement, Roby and Eric Jensen, the chamber treasurer, will handle Hill’s duties as executive director. Roby also declined to say what those duties were and the time frame in which the chamber expects to hire someone new.
Hill, 61, had served as the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2007. Prior to that, Hill was an executive assistant for the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce for four years, was a manager at Precision Alloy in Raleigh and an office assistant with the Four Oaks-Benson News in Review.
According to a Smithfield Herald article in 2007, Frank Pittman, then treasurer of the chamber, said Hill beat out “more than a dozen other applicants for the job.”
“The main thing is her personality and qualifications,” Pittman said in 2007. “She is what we needed and has experience at a similar chamber.”
When she was hired she said her goal was to get the chamber of commerce more involved in the community.
Efforts to reach Hill Thursday were unsuccessful.