Sierra Vista — Mary Tieman, the executive director of the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, submitted her resignation on Monday, according to a press release Thursday from the chamber's board of directors.
Tieman resigned due to her husband taking a job in Albuquerque, New Mexico, read an email sent by Board Chair Sabra Albritton. Tieman’s resignation letter said her last day of employment will be July 6.
Tieman’s letter also offered assistance with a “smooth transition plan” for her successor.
The search for Tieman’s replacement will start immediately, said the press release.
“It has truly been a pleasure to serve this community as the Executive Director for the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years,” Tieman wrote in the release. “From the moment I graduated from the Leadership Class to my time serving on the Board of Directors, it’s been my passion to help support the valuable work the Chamber provides the business community. The Chamber has a great Board of Directors and staff that are available and ready to serve the needs of our members.”
The chamber has over 540 members, and regularly holds events and programs to support businesses in the Sierra Vista area, according to its website.
At the Chamber of Commerce’s “Power of the Purse” charity event at the Sierra Vista Mall on Thursday, of which the Herald/Review was a sponsor, some chamber members reflected on Tieman’s work as executive director.
“She truly is the face of the chamber,” said Kathy Riebock of Kathy Riebock Designs, who said she had been a chamber member for years. “I’m sure she’ll be missed.”
Caroline Weaver, also a longtime chamber member, as well as an ambassador committee member, said Tieman will be hard to replace.
“It’s a tough job and she keeps it all together,” said Weaver, who said she has seen several directors come and go. “She knows everyone, and knows all the details.”
Tieman did not respond to multiple phone calls placed on Thursday afternoon.
When the Herald/Review asked to interview Tieman about her resignation prior to the Power of the Purse event, a representative of the chamber and a mall security guard told the Herald/Review to leave, on the grounds that the questions being asked were not related to the event.