Tampa business leader Chuck Sykes has agreed to extend his term as chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, filling the void created by the sudden departure of chairwoman-elect Renee Gilmore.
Gilmore, the former head of the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, quit her post at the job-training organization Feb. 15 amid accusations of extravagant spending by her agency at a time of record unemployment. An inquiry into the alliance's activities has since broadened.
Initially, Gilmore said she would remain in the line of succession at the chamber, and chamber executives concurred. That changed in late March as she resigned from the chamber board and the group convened a nominating committee to fill the vacancy.
The committee, chaired by past chamber chairman Fred McClure, met in April and suggested Sykes remain for a second one-year term.
Sykes, chief executive of Tampa call center operator Sykes Enterprises, agreed to the extension, which was approved by the chamber board Thursday.