Chamber assistant takes job in town office

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:33AM

Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Becky Newton is leaving her post at the chamber for a position with the town of Jaffrey.

Newton, who worked at the chamber for over 12 years, said Wednesday morning that her decision to leave the chamber was a “bittersweet” one, but a decision she thinks will benefit both herself and the chamber down the road. 

“I’m excited about this new opportunity and to continue on in a town role,” said Newton, who has been hired as the new property records clerk for the town. “This will also allow the chamber to grow in a whole new way. I think it will be good for everyone.”

Newton said she took the job at the chamber as a way to better connect to her community, something she hopes will continue to grow in her new position with the town. Newton’s last day with the chamber is Oct. 23. 

Newton said she hopes to continue with the chamber, volunteering in some capacity in the future. Newton is excited to see the future direction of the chamber, given that so much has already changed in her tenure.

“The chamber was such a huge part of my life… I was born and raised here, but it wasn’t until I started working with the chamber that I really felt connected to the community,” said Newton. 

In the interim, the chamber will be led by past president and treasurer Max Mitchell, who will take the helm of interim executive director.

Chamber President Travis Kumph said Tuesday that Newton leaving will offer the chamber an opportunity to look at its staffing structure to determine if anything can or should change. 

“If not for Becky, I don’t think the chamber would be where it is today,” said Kumph, who said Newton has always been more than an executive assistant. “I hate to see her leave, but I’m happy for her. Things happen for a reason.” 

Kumph said that there should be more clarity in the coming weeks about the direction of the open position and of the chamber. 

“Moving forward will be a challenge,” said Kumph. “She is 100-percent why I’ve been able to do what I’ve done at the chamber. She’s involved in everything.”

Newton said she wasn’t actively looking for a new job, but felt that a job with the town could be a new and exciting challenge. 

“Every time a job opened up at the town, I thought about it being a good next step,” said Newton. 

Newton is taking over for Erlene Brayall, who is retiring after 19 years with the town. 

The town will hold a retirement party for Brayall on Oct. 27 at the town office from noon to 4 p.m.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.