ELLSWORTH — After 18 months on the job, the executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is stepping down.
Tony Cameron said this week he is leaving because his wife, Elizabeth, has been offered a job in Brunswick.
His wife currently works at The Jackson Laboratory, and though Cameron said his wife “absolutely loves” her work there, making the move to Brunswick is “in the best interests of our family.”
“It was a very tough decision — all aspects of it,” said Cameron, who is from Brunswick.
Cameron was hired for the Ellsworth job in August of 2012, after having served as the director of marketing and membership sales at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Buddy Saunders, president of the chamber’s board of directors, said Tuesday that the board will look to hire a replacement for Cameron but has taken no steps to do so yet.
“Right now, we’re just kind of all in shock and working to figure out the next steps,” he said.
Saunders called Cameron “a great fit for the community” and said he did good work in helping the chamber grow.
Cameron succeeded Micki Sumpter, who worked for the chamber for 15 years. Sumpter left the chamber to take the full-time post of economic development director for the city of Ellsworth.