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UPDATE: Kamloops Chamber reverses decision to hire new executive director

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce will not be hiring John Perks as executive director.
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March 25, 2019 - 8:39 AM

KAMLOOPS -  The newly hired executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is no longer employed by the business group.

In a tersely worded media release issued yesterday, March 24, Chamber president Joshua Knaak says John Perks "will not be employed as its executive director."

Knaak says the Chamber board cannot comment on personnel matters due to privacy laws.

On Thursday, March 21, the Chamber issued a media release announcing that Perks had been hired and described him as "a successful entrepreneur and business executive, experienced fundraiser, and dedicated public servant."

Perks found himself at the centre of controversy following the announcement of his hire when controversial past social media posts resurfaced, according to a Kamloops This Week report. 

The Chamber hiring process will resume, although the business group will not be reopening the application process but will instead review its current list of applicants.

Knaak says he stands by the hiring process, which included three to four interviews and though there were some "lessons learned," he would not comment on specifics.

"I think there is more to a candidate than what can be captured in some screenshots," Knaak said.

No word yet on when the new position will be filled.

— This story was updated on March 25, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. to include comment from the Chamber president.


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