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Moorhead steps down as Manteca chamber exec

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POSTED November 27, 2013 12:44 a.m.

Debby Moorhead is ending a nearly 10-year stint as the Manteca Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive Officer.

Today is her last day on the job.

 “I’ll be able to devote more time to my family, my City Council duties, and pursue other interests,” the 62-year-old Moorhead said.

Moorhead is the current City of Manteca vice mayor and is a year into her second four-year council term.

The business organization has hired part-time staff to keep the office open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p. m. The board is in the process of starting a search for a replacement CEO.

During her tenure Moorhead started the Memorial Day parade and the Junior Leadership Program aimed at helping connect with at-risk youth. She noted the parade was successful but because the chamber wanted to keep entries free since most involved veterans it opted to drop the event when insurance costs skyrocketed and it became cost prohibitive. Moorhead also instituted the chamber’s President’s Circle program for major underwriters of the business organization’s activities, oversaw a contest that produced a new logo thanks to a winning entry from a Manteca high school, and implemented a new website.

She also played an instrumental role in helping stage the holiday parade for the past 10 years as well as revamping the chamber magazine and directory.

Moorhead noted one of her most enjoyable duties was the chamber’s placement of 2,400 flags as part of the Flags over Manteca effort.

“It was great working with everyone especially Les Thomas,” Moorhead said.

Moorhead was the Hospice of San Joaquin’s volunteer family team coordinator for the Manteca area from 1991 to 1996.  She then worked as a certified nursing assistant at Care West before joining the staff of Palm Haven as activities director. She went to work as program director at Hospitality House before being hired in 1999 as the administrator for Leisure Manor where she stayed for five years.

While at Leisure Manor she became a chamber ambassador. She was named Ambassador of the Year and then was put in charge of the program.

The chamber hired her in April 2004 to serve as the chief executive officer.

Moorhead said she is looking forward to spending more time on city issues.

“Being an elected official means so much to me,” Moorhead said. “It is my way of giving back to the community.”

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