Chamber change

Concerns over “performance issues,” has led the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce to fire Executive Director Gail Coryell.

“The board of directors had to make a very difficult business decision,” said Brian McGuigan, an investment representative with Edward Jones Investments, who is chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.

McGuigan declined to discuss the decision further, aside from saying that no improprieties were involved.

“It was based on performance goals of the past few years,” he said. “We have a temporary replacement, and now we’re looking forward to hiring a dynamic new executive director.”

Coryell did not return calls made to her home.

Administrative Assistant Jeanne Merhib also has left. McGuigan said she resigned out of “loyalty” to Coryell.

The chamber, which was called the Milford/Amherst Chamber of Commerce when it separated from the Nashua chamber in 1988, has about 225 members. The chamber has begun a search for a replacement.

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