FORMER Clare county manager, Alec Fleming has taken over as interim CEO with Ennis Chamber of Commerce, while Rita McInerney takes a year’s career break.
Paddy Darmody, president of Ennis Chamber, welcomed the new interim CEO and said he is looking forward to working with Alec, in what promises to be a very busy year for the Chamber.
“Ennis is recovering from a very deep recession and I am confident that Alec’s experience and expertise will be of great benefit to the Chamber and the town in the challenging year ahead” said Paddy.
“I’m delighted to step in as interim CEO, while Rita is away,” Mr Fleming said.
A public servant for 30 years, he retired from the top Clare public service job in 2009 and has been working in private industry as a consultant.
A Tipperary native, Alec received his second-level education in St Flannan’s, before beginning his public service career, and has been living in Ennis since 2002, when he was appointed county manager.
“I’m no stranger to Ennis, having gone to school here and I’m a long-time resident at this stage. I really like living in Ennis and I’m looking forward to working with the members of Ennis Chamber and to promoting Ennis.
“We, in the Chamber, will continue to try and encourage business and enterprise and to deliver services and supports to our members,” he said.
“The Chamber also administers a number of programmes, which I will continue to advance as best I can. I’m really looking forward to my new role,” Mr Fleming concluded.