Mims’ shoes will be hard to fill

Published 2:10 am Wednesday, April 16, 2008

By By Adam Prestridge
The dedication she put forth for her community is that of few.
Her love for Atmore is unquestionable.
And her joyful approach to her work will be missed.
At the close of the day Monday, the application process for the position of executive director for the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce closed, putting the task of selecting a replacement of Emilie Mims on the shoulders of the Chamber’s hiring committee. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
The position was left vacant following Mims’ recent appointment to Escambia County probate judge. Now the process of reviewing applications begins as the board looks to fill the slot with the most qualified applicant. The process could take time after the board received 17 applications, which is equal to as many years Mims held the post.
The Chamber’s executive committee has a tough job before them, but in time, they will be able to recommend the most capable replacement to the Chamber board with confidence.
How long will it take? There is not a timeframe.
Rushing the hiring process could be detrimental to the Chamber if the wrong candidate is chosen. The most eligible replacement may jump right out at the hiring committee, but if not, time will be needed to make the right choice.
The Chamber is in good hands with administrative assistant Shelly Williams at the helm. Williams worked alongside Mims for 14 years and is capable of keeping the Chamber moving in the right direction until a replacement is hired.
Until then, Williams and the board are busy planning for this year’s annual Mayfest slated for May 3 at Tom Byrne Park.
Tuesday afternoon, the Chamber board and directors for the Chamber and 2008 corporate sponsor First National Bank &Trust hosted a reception for Mims at the bank to recognize her for the many years of “devotion” and “dedication” she gave to the Chamber and Atmore area. The reception marked a new beginning for both Mims and the Chamber.
Although it’s an overused clich/, it’s fitting for Mims - she leaves some big shoes to fill.
Adam Prestridge is publisher of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.

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