Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Monte Davis announced his resignation Friday, citing family-related reasons for moving out of state.
Davis says his reasons for leaving are personal and have nothing to do with the job or living in Homer. He and his wife, JoAnn, are leaving for Fort Worth, Texas, where they can be closer to a member of JoAnn’s family who is experiencing health issues.
"I have submitted my resignation and ... I've told (the board) I will stay until the 1st of September or until we can find a good, dynamic replacement for me," said Davis.
Davis says the only reason he might leave earlier than September is if he is offered a job in Texas that requires him to do so.
He says he has been very satisfied with his position as Chamber director.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed this job (and) I've thoroughly enjoyed being in Homer," he said.
Davis took over as Chamber director in May of 2011. Before that, he was Membership and Marketing Manager for the Alaska Travel Industry Association.
The man he replaced – Paul Dauphinais – was in the job for about a year, after taking over for long-time director Tina Day.
Many Alaskans know Davis as one-half of the musical duo “JoAnn and Monty,” who toured the state for three decades beginning in 1976. The duo cut 10 albums together over their lengthy career and spent much of the time they weren’t recording on the road.
Davis is proud of his tenure as Chamber director, pointing specifically to efforts to change a perception that the chamber exists only for the summer visitor industry.
He says one thing he and the board will be looking for is a candidate who understands that in Homer, the position of Chamber of Commerce Director is seen as a leader in the community.
Davis has family in Alaska and says he plans to visit the state at least a couple of times a year. No timetable has yet been set for finding his replacement.