Fruita chamber director forced to resign post

Fruita Chamber of Commerce Director Leanne Ingwersen was ousted from her post last week, marking the second time in a little more than a year that there has been a leadership change at the chamber.

John Burwell Jr., president of the chamber’s board of directors, said Wednesday the board voted unanimously to ask Ingwersen to resign. He said she submitted her resignation the same day.

Burwell declined to discuss what led the board to push out Ingwersen.

“It’s not appropriate for me to make any comments on it because there’s some work we’ve got to do,” he said. “It’s a personnel issue.”

Asked if her resignation related to a criminal matter, Burwell said, “Not at this time, no.”

Attempts to reach Ingwersen for comment were unsuccessful.

An email sent to chamber members Tuesday indicated the board sought Ingwersen’s resignation rather than fire her.

“One of the most important duties of the Board of Directors of the Fruita Chamber is to assure that the staff is held accountable to operate in an effective manner,” the email read. “Oftentimes, this duty requires the Board to make tough decisions that we feel are necessary to moving the organization forward.”

Ingwersen was hired as chamber director in April 2011, two months after Mary Lou Wilson resigned after 10 years with the organization, citing a difference in philosophy with the board.

The board appointed Shauna Davies, the chamber’s assistant director, to serve as the interim director. Burwell said the board will seek to hire a permanent director, though he didn’t know when that will happen.


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