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Chamber president resigns

COVINGTON - Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce President John Boothby has resigned, effective today.

Boothby resigned on Friday after more than three years at the helm of the Chamber. He said he intends to focus on his personal life and other business pursuits.

Boothby is also engaged to be married and said Monday he may soon be moving away from Covington.

"I plan to look for consulting work and do some writing," he said. "I'm going to try new things in my life while I can still do it."

A search committee is being formed to select Boothby's replacement, said Chamber board of directors Chairman Joe Stier. In the interim, the Chamber staff will report to Stier. The committee will be headed by 2010 Chair-elect Jerry Mays.

Mays said most details of the search process have not been determined yet. Members of the committee and qualifications for Boothby's replacement are still being decided, he said. The committee will consist of at least three members, likely from the Chamber's executive board, and possibly a fourth member acting as a consultant.

Mays said the Chamber board of directors was informed of Boothby's resignation at a meeting Monday.

"John has made a tremendous contribution to Newton County in the three and a half years he's been here. We're appreciative of the time he's served," Mays said.

On behalf of the city of Covington, Mayor Kim Carter said, "We wish John the very best and we're sure he's going to succeed in whatever he tries his hand at."

"I just think he was a fine man. He was a great Chamber president and as nice a gentleman as you could possibly meet," Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan said. "I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors."

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.