Chamber executive director John Devitt out of a job

By David F. Rooney

Come the end of the month Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Devitt will be out of a job after being asked to resign by the board last week.

The Chamber’s only official comment is this statement: “After review, The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce recognized a need for change in order to support our vision and needs. We look forward to continue moving in a positive direction for the business community.”

With Chamber President Brydon Roe in Toronto, Vice-president Steve Bailey said he could not comment further.

“At this time that’s all we can comment on,” he said. “As you’re aware personnel details  are a private matter and cannot be commented on.”

What is known, though is that Devitt was asked to resign last Tuesday after a meeting of the Board of Directors.

For Devitt himself, the request came as something of a shock and while he is considering his options he has no comment to make at this time.

“I’ll be writing a statement sometime soon, after I’ve taken care of internal matters here,” he said this morning.

He will remain in his position until the end of the month.

In the three years he served as executive director Devitt was the Chamber’s point man on a wide range of issues, including the months-long construction along Mackenzie Avenue that disrupted downtown commercial activity, the so-called “rebranding” of Revelstoke and business taxes.