FULTON, Ill. — After 14 years of service, Fulton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Fulton Tourism Director Heather Bennett is packing up and moving on to the next chapter of her life.
Bennett this week announced her decision to resign from the city of Fulton after accepting a position with Black Hawk College, adding that it had been “an honor and a pleasure working for the Fulton community.”
With her departure, Bennett leaves behind a position full of detailed responsibilities and job duties that the city of Fulton will now be responsible for filling.
“Heather was very important member of the staff; there are awful big shoes to fill there,” City Administrator Ed Cannon said. “There’s always a learning curve when there’s any kind of transition; whenever someone leaves a position. Heather had a Master’s Degree and a fantastic marketing ability so this is a defined set of skills that we’ll be looking for.”
As tourism director, her duties included maintaining and updating the city website at least twice a week, organizing and developing the Fulton Visitor Guide, managing group tour schedules and field trips to Heritage Canyon, and other parts of the city, among a multitude of other city based responsibilities.
Her position as Chamber of Commerce executive director adds another long list of tasks including organizing the location, meal, invitations, decorations, and a program for the annual membership meeting, acting as chairperson for the Fall Festival organization, as well as maintaining chamber membership database that consists of more than 300 contacts each year, to name a few.
Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Greg Naftzger said that with Bennett’s resignation, the chamber and the city of Fulton are losing a community asset who will be missed.
“Me and most of the city appreciate what Heather (Bennett) has done and behind her leadership, a great group of volunteers have accomplished a lot of great things in her 14 years,” Naftzger said. “A lot of things that have been going on for the last 10 to 12 years was her initiative so we are sad to see her go.”