Ryan Craig announced his resignation Tuesday, March 29 as Executive Director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, located in Russellville. Craig began his duties directing the Chamber in January of 2015.
“It is with much sadness that I tender my resignation as Executive Director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. This is not a decision I take lightly,” said Craig who owns Craig Media, LLC, which is also the owner of the Todd County Standard newspaper in Elkton, Ky.
When Craig stepped up as Chamber director, his wife Jenni began running the Standard as the General Manager which freed him up to take over the Chamber. Jenni is an award winning journalist who once worked for the News-Democrat & Leader while attending Western Kentucky University where she earned her journalism degree.
Unfortunately, due to an injury last August, Jenni has been unable to work more than a few hours a day and just a few days a week.
“My wife is very good at her job, but without her or me at such a small operation the advertising sales have suffered now for almost six months. While I think the work we do here at the Chamber is very important, my business pays for my family’s health insurance and supplements the difference in pay between what I made before coming to the Chamber. I must return to right the ship, so to speak,” Craig stated in his letter to the Chamber Board of Directors.
Chamber president Joe Hendricks released a statement on behalf of the Board of Directors and the members of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce on Craig’s departure.
“I want to express our appreciation for the work Ryan has done for the people of Logan County and for the Chamber of Commerce. There is no doubt that Ryan and his unique talents and abilities will be missed. I wish circumstances would have permitted him to continue to serve as executive director into the future. We wish Craig and Jenni good health and hope that the Todd Standard continues to prosper. The Executive Committee for the Chamber has met and is beginning the process for hiring a new Executive Director,” said Hendricks.
Craig said it has been a real honor to serve with the Chamber Board of Directors.
“You are all intelligent, compassionate and caring people who are a credit to the community you serve,” said Craig in his resignation letter to the Chamber.
Craig’s final day as Chamber Executive Director will be April 8.
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