Gibbs announced his resignation at their regular meeting last night, citing a need to be closer to his family in Kentucky.
“It has been a great privilege to lead this organization,” Gibbs said. “This is not a choice I made lightly, and I will miss Grays Harbor.”
Gibbs has been CEO since January of 2012 when the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Grays Harbor Economic Development Council joined together. Gibbs had served as Executive Director of the local EDC prior to the formation.
“Tim’s work has set Greater Grays Harbor up for success. He has worked tirelessly, building relationships with so many partners for economic development in our area,” said Larry Kahl, Past Chair of the board and COO at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Mike O’Dell, Board Chair, said, “We know what the challenges are that lie ahead, and we have a plan to meet those challenges,” O’Dell said. “Tim was a steady guide in the days when the merger was new, but now, we’re a mature organization that is equipped to go forward into the future, and that’s in no small part due to his leadership skills these first few years.”
At the meeting, the board formed a search committee to look for Gibbs’ replacement. The board agreed that it will be a nationwide search.