The help wanted sign is out at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President and CEO Dennis Lauver has resigned, making the announcement late Monday afternoon.
Lauver has been with the Salina Chamber since 2006. He tells KSAL News that he is proud of multiple accomplishments in the Salina community.
Lauver cites the blossoming relationship between the Salina business community and the USD 305 school district as a big accomplishment. He also cited the multi-million dollar Bulk Solids Innovation Center which broke ground this past summer. It should be complete in 2015. Lauver added that Salina has the best small business start up program in the state of Kansas.
One thing Lauver will not miss is the politics that went along with the job. He said that he will not miss dealing with the partisanship ship that exits in Kansas government in Topeka.
Lauver has been with the Salina Chamber since late 2006. Before coming to Salina, he served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Clinton, Iowa, Sarpy County Nebraska and South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Lauver is headed back to Clinton, Iowa, to become one of three partners in a new real estate business. His last day in Salina will be December 31st. He begins his new job in Iowa in January of 2015.
Chamber Senior Vice President Don Weiser will serve as the interim CEO until a replacement is hired.