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MainStreet, Chamber combine jobs

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Portales MainStreet and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce have combined forces to bring entertainment and business to the Portales area.

Amelia Christensen, president of the Portales MainStreet board of directors, said the organization has let go of Executive Director Debralynn Soza in an effort to “pool resources to accomplish more.”

MainStreet and the Chamber will now combine the executive director position with the chamber’s promotions coordinator position, according to Karl Terry, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.

Clovis resident Jan Elliott has been selected to fill the new position, Terry said.

Terry said the Chamber and MainStreet had used the combined position arrangement before Soza was hired in December 2013.

“We’ll be managing the YAM (theater) as more of a team under this contract,” Terry said of the change.

Terry said the positions were combined because neither job has the money or work for two full-time positions.

Christensen said Elliott is already on the job.

“We’re in the process of transition,” Christensen said.

MainStreet’s music series, Oktober Fest, and Fifth Fridays will continue as scheduled, Christensen said.

Elliott, former executive director of EMS Region 3 and an Eastern New Mexico University graduate, said she looks forward to working in the Portales community.

“My goal is to continue recruitment and retention of businesses,” Elliott said. “I also want to look at improving quality of life in Portales.”

Elliott worked most recently as the hospice community marketing director for Interim HealthCare before accepting the position as the chamber’s promotions director.

“This position opened and I knew this is where I wanted to be. I’d like to finish out my life in this community,” Elliott said.

Elliott said her annual salary will be $30,000.

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