OSCODA – The Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (OACC) accepted the resignation of Zachary Scholten as the organization’s executive director just 16 days after he was offered, and accepted, a contract for the job.
But conflicting information from officials in two separate press releases could indicate that Scholten was actually fired as director.
In the first press release issued by the chamber and delivered to the Oscoda Press on Dec. 30, information stated that Scholten’s resignation was effective on Sunday, Dec. 29.
“Zach expressed that due to personal challenges he could no longer serve as the director and the board will not comment any further regarding Mr. Scholten’s employment,” stated the release.
A second press release issued Dec. 31, however, gives conflicting information.
“We have a very active and hands-on board of directors who unanimously agreed that our organization needed a different person to lead the charge for our community,” stated the release. According to President Megan Smith, that release was jointly written by the board.
Originally, Scholten was hired Sept. 3 to replace Rose Fulton who served the chamber for four and a half years. His original position was as the interim executive director.
Smith would not comment on the conflicting documents or clarify their information. She did, however, give some information on the future of the organization.
“There was no contingency plan after the last-minute resignation on hiring a new director, or who would take over temporary responsibility for the director position,” said Smith.
However, she said that could be worked out in the coming weeks. Further, she said she could not give out any information on the scheduling of upcoming chamber of commerce events or designations that are done yearly, such as the “Citizen of the Year” award, which is traditionally given out at the beginning of the calendar year.
Smith said chamber members with any questions or concerns on topics should direct them to chamber officials. The chamber can be reached by calling 739-7322.
Additionally, board members will be checking phone messages and emails and the office will be closed until further notice, Smith said.