Shirley Patton will be retiring after the first of the year

After five years of leading the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce as its director, Shirley Patton will be retiring after the first of the year.

“Shirley’s hard work and commitment to the Chamber and El Dorado will be missed,” said Bill Kloeblen, 2013 Chamber president. “We wish her well in her retirement.”

Patton said she has enjoyed her time with the chamber.

“I’ve really enjoyed serving as director,” she said. “I’ve had quite an education. I love doing the events. I love the people, the members. I really like trying to be involved with different things in the community that goes on. I really have loved every aspect of it.”

She decided it was time to retire.

“I’m just ready to spend some time with my family and maybe travel a little bit,” he said. “I just feel like it’s time.”

Patton is a long time resident of El Dorado and previously worked in Real Estate. She has been active in community activities, including Vision 2020, where she was a key contributor in the Adopt-a –Class project, serves on the El Dorado High School Alumni Board, El Dorado Community Concert Board and is treasurer of her church, Trinity Episcopal, in El Dorado.

“I would like to thank everybody for their continued support in the chamber,” she said. “It’s made everything a lot easier for me. I appreciate all of the volunteers. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate the volunteers because without them we wouldn’t be able to be here anyway. I’m going to miss it.”

A Search Committee of the Board has already been formed.

“We are committed to finding a high quality candidate to replace her, and continue the important work of the Chamber in the years ahead,” said Katie Runnion, 2014 Chamber president.

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