The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new full-time president.
Sarah Ebert is scheduled to start Monday, March 9, in her new position, which encompasses most of the the duties that have been performed by the executive director.
Laura Trotter is leaving that role and will assist Ebert in the transition, she said, until Friday, March 20. Trotter helped create the new job title to reflect a current trend among chambers of commerce.
“As president, I will advocate for and support our members and provide opportunities for (them) to serve the community,” Ebert wrote the Hub in an email Friday, Feb. 7.
Trotter announced in November she wanted to start a new chapter in her life and would be leaving after a successor was appointed.
Ebert served as the coordinator of the Neighborhood Free Health Clinic, 1520 Vernon St. part-time until last month. But she said she will continue her work for the Stoughton Hospital Foundation Board as a foundation assistant until Wednesday, March 4, just a few days before beginning her chamber role.
According to the clinic website, Ebert has worked in hospitals for over 24 years and is a Stoughton native. Ebert said she started at the clinic as a volunteer and was hired as the coordinator for this past year.
“Knowing and caring about a town isn’t something that can be learned, it is something that needs to be experienced,” Ebert wrote. “I participate in our festivals. I shop at our businesses, and I volunteer in our service groups.”
Trotter said because Ebert was born and raised in Stoughton, she understands the local landscape.
“That will serve her well,” she said.
Tricia Suess, a part of the hiring committee who chose Ebert and vice chair on the chamber’s board of directors, said the committee was impressed by Ebert’s attitude and her willingness to help and tackle new ventures. The committee also appreciated Ebert’s enthusiasm.
Trotter told the Hub last November she was ready to no longer be a public figure.
“I want to have some opinions,” Trotter said.
Trotter, a former visitor services director and former Syttende Mai coordinator for the chamber, left the chamber in January 2016 and returned in April that year to become the fifth executive director in two years.
Now, she said, she feels she’s leaving the chamber in good hands and that Ebert fits in with the chamber’s culture well.
“I’m ready for this and excited for what my future will bring,” Trotter said.