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Identity of Chamber chief kept secret

More than three months of searching for a new leader for the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will come to an end ceremoniously Tuesday morning. That's when outside directors of the business group will publicly announce its new executive director _ the person in charge of managing the day-to-day operation of the Chamber.

The selection was made a few weeks ago, and was announced secretly to all the Chamber's directors at a meeting held outside the county this past weekend.

But the rest of the Chamber's members will have to wait until at least Tuesday to find out anything about their new leader. That's when a press conference has been scheduled.

"We just want to do it right," said Morris Porton, president of the chamber, when asked about the secrecy. "We want everyone to know at the same time. We think this deserves it."

What little that has leaked out about the person includes this: He is supposedly a man in his mid-50s, who has served in similar capacities in chambers in the New England area. He supposedly has not worked in Florida before, although he recently attended a workshop for chamber executives in Georgia.

The new executive director will replace long-time Hernando County Chamber of Commerce executive director G. Douglas Hafely Jr., who died in March.

Who's news

Sally Royer has been named HCA Oak Hill Hospital's employee of the month for the month of May. Ms. Royer is environmental services supervisor for the hospital.

Laurence Riebau of Priority Financial Corp. in Spring Hill has recently been accredited as a tax preparer by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation.

Joann McDermott has joined the RE/Max Advantage Realty Inc. as a specialist in the real estate firm's property management and relocation department. Ms. McDermott also is serving as president of the Hernando County Board of Realtors for 1991. Terry Forgach also has joined RE/Max as a sales associate. Separately, Gordon Weaver of RE/Max has passed the million dollar sales mark for 1991.

The Hernando County Business and Professional Women's Club has elected the following officers:

Joan Russano, president; Celia Dorsey, first vice president; Rita Kampf, second vice president; Mary Ellen Burich, secretary and Audrey Coy, treasurer.