After just a year on the job, Leslie Workman, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, is moving on. She has accepted a position with Delta County Memorial Hospital, as materials manager in the purchasing department, where she'll be putting her financial/inventory experience to work.
A graduate of Delta High School, Workman obtained an accounting degree from Colorado Mesa University and moved to the Front Range to work for Lockheed-Martin. She quit that position to move back to Delta so she could raise her two young children closer to their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
"I really enjoyed getting to serve the community in such a large capacity," Workman said. "I was grateful to be part of Deltarado Days, bringing back the rodeo, and helping small businesses.
"This is a tough job, but it's worth it," she said. "I've enjoyed a great deal of support."
Workman's last day on the job is Nov. 27.
Josh Applegate, president of the chamber's board of directors, said the board will be looking for someone much like Workman -- positive, organized and self-motivated.
"Over the past year, Leslie's jumped in with both feet," Applegate said. "One of the things I really admire about her is her passion. She has taken a vested interest in her hometown."
She took on the task of bringing back the Deltarado Days rodeo and did her best to make the street fair bigger and better. Applegate said every event she organized came in under budget.
"It comes back to her preparation and planning," Applegate said.
She also helped the chamber board clean up the budget. "With a degree in accounting, I knew that would be one of her strengths and she's done a fantastic job."
Applegate said it's imperative the new director be a local resident with a desire to help area businesses thrive.
The director must also be able to balance the interests of 12 board members, 290 members and the community at large.
The position will remain open until filled.
"Our ultimate goal is to fill the job with a qualified candidate as soon as possible," Applegate said.