New chamber of commerce office manager familiar with Baldwin City
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will have a new face at its office starting Friday.
Jill Underwood, advertising sales representative for the Baldwin City Signal, will take over as the office manager for the Chamber of Commerce at its office at 720 High Street.
Underwood’s new job is a result of a 30-day search to replace longtime office manager Susan Baker.
“(Baker) had been the office manager for many years, and she took a position at Baker University … the chamber board is very excited about having (Underwood) accept that position and we know that she will do a great job,” Chamber of Commerce President Greg Kruger said.
Underwood applied for the position in September and although she interviewed for the position, she didn’t think she had got the job.
“I thought they’d have the decision made by the following week and I hadn’t heard anything … but they were waiting until after the Maple Leaf Festival was over,” Underwood said.
Underwood’s new responsibilities with the chamber will include putting together the newsletter, posting on Facebook and Twitter, helping to market events, organize ribbon cuttings, helping committees and overseeing everything.
“I think it is a really good move for me with my background with the newspaper and the relationships I’ve built with the businesses,” Underwood said.
Kruger agrees that Underwood’s experience will help her with her job as office manager.
“Her past experience working with the Signal will just be a plus for (Underwood),” Kruger said. “She’s already familiar with a lot of the chamber members, and having that relationship already with them, and the skills she can bring to the job, she’s just a great fit.”
Chamber of Commerce board members have been helping cover the postion by taking on some extra responsibilities, however the chamber’s regular office hours will resume Friday when Underwood begins the job officially.
“I think it’s going to be really fulfilling once I get in and am able to see what I can do for the community and participating in community events,” Underwood said. “I think it is going to be wonderful.”
Kruger said the board is working to have extended hours in the future. Until then, the Chamber of Commerce office hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.