Roger Niello, president and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, announced that he will leave the post he has held for the past 21/2 years.
Niello notified the chamber’s executive committee Tuesday that he will not seek renewal of his contract at the end of the year.
“I accepted the job on the basis of what I called a limited term not to exceed five years,” Niello said. At the end of two years, he asked to continue on a year-to-year basis.
He decided the end of this year would be “the best time of transition for the stability and success of the organization.”
Niello, 66, said he wanted to give notice now to allow adequate time to recruit a successor, and he has agreed to stay on through the process, including a brief overlap period with the new executive.
One of the chamber’s objectives when he took the helm was consolidation of economic development organizations in the region. In cooperation with affiliates, an umbrella organization, NextED, was formed to develop partnerships among business, labor, education, the community and government to promote regional economic objectives, as well as students’ academic performance and preparation for careers.
“The organization I took over was a very successful organization that was in very good shape,” Niello said.
The challenge for the next executive director, he said, will be to stay the course and advance the chamber’s strategic goals.
Niello followed a career in business with several years in public office, serving on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and then in the state Assembly, before taking on the chamber post. Asked what comes next, he quipped, “I’m going to Disneyland!”
Seriously, he said, he hasn’t made any specific plans and likely will postpone any decisions until his successor is selected.
The chamber’s executive committee voted to convene a committee to identify and oversee the necessary steps to fill the vacancy, with the goal of having a new president and CEO in place no later than November.
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