The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is making room for its fourth president in just 16 months.
Bob Clifford, a former small business owner who has served on the chamber's board of directors, was hired on short notice last week when president Doug Linder submitted his resignation without notice.
Linder has helmed the group since August and took over for interim president Kevin Gartland. Garland filled the shoes of Beth Coleman, who left the chamber after three years in December 2007.
The chamber represents about 1,650 members and has struggled to keep up its numbers in the recession.
Clifford, who most recently worked in Synovus Bank's lending department, was chosen by virtue of his 30-year connection to north Pinellas County.
"We wanted to stay within the community this time," Clifford said. "We made several attempts to go outside and didn't get the 100-percent results we were looking for."
Coleman's annual salary was about $100,000. Clifford wouldn't say how much he'll make when he starts Monday.