The Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Friday that Christina Currie has been hired as the Chamber's executive director.
"We had several very strong candidates, but Chris' enthusiasm and experience made her the front-runner," said Pam Thompson, board vice president and the chairwoman of the hiring committee. "Chris has knowledge of the community and the Chamber that is unparalleled."
Currie, who is the assistant editor of the Craig Daily Press, served on the Chamber's board of directors for four years.
She served as the board's president from January 2005 until last month.
Currie replaces Annette Gi--aninetti, who resigned as executive director in December after six months on the job.
Gianinetti said she left the Chamber to pursue other opportunities.
Currie said her time spent on the Chamber board made her value the Chamber and the role it plays in the community.
Currie, 31, is a Moffat County native who has worked at the Daily Press for more than 10 years. She also has experience in retail sales, advertising and marketing. She is president of the Craig Lions Club and is on the boards of Advocates-Crisis Support Services and Moffat County Crimestoppers.
A 12-member board governs the Chamber, which has 374 member businesses.
Currie will start at the Chamber on Feb. 27. Her last day at the Daily Press is Feb. 24.
Daily Press publisher Bryce Jacobson said Currie has been a valued newsroom staff member.
"She's been an important asset for the Daily Press for a long time. We'll miss her."
Currie said her first priority will be to meet the Chamber's members and get their imput on the Chamber's services.
Two issues that the Chamber will continue to focus on are affordable health care and community beautification, Currie said.
"The Chamber intends to be active legislatively to help make health care affordable to all," Currie said.
She also hopes to work with insurance companies to get discounted health insurance for Chamber members, she said.