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MASSENA - The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be looking for a new executive director after firing Michael J. Gleason on Friday.

“Mike no longer does work with us. We will be looking for a new director,” board President Susan E. Stiles said Monday. “We wish him well on his endeavors.”

Ms. Stiles said, despite the absence of an executive director, the chamber would remain open for business with Associate Director Penny Pullmain handling the day-to-day activities.

“The chamber is still open for business with normal business hours. The Concerts in the Park will still proceed on Thursday nights along with all of our events that are coming up. We have our staff that is there,” she said.

The chamber, which recently held its annual Downtown Block Dance and Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, is preparing to have a presence at the upcoming Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown from Aug. 8 to 11 in Whittaker Park, Waddington. There, they’ll have a booth set up to sell some of their items.

They are also beginning work on their annual Harvest Fest, which will be held Sept. 7 in downtown Massena.

Mr. Gleason’s role on local boards, such as the St. Lawrence County of Chamber, will be filled by Massena Chamber board members, Ms. Stiles said.

Mr. Gleason has served as executive director since Oct. 15, 2007. Prior to that, he was a member of the chamber board.

“I’ve enjoyed my 14 years of serving the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce as a board member and as executive director. It was a pleasure serving the Massena community. I basically transplanted here for family reasons and I’ve enjoyed my time as a board member and executive director,” he said.

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