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Scott Meske, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, hosted the annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan awards event on Wednesday. 

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber President Scott Meske has resigned after 16 months in the position.

Meske resigned effective immediately. 

The Chamber's board of directors will begin a search to fill Meske’s position. In the interim period, the board's executive committee will appoint an interim president in the next few weeks, according to board chairwoman Brenda Nagel.

Nagel said Meske's resignation was unexpected but will have no negative impact on operations.

"Chamber staff is very solid," she said. "While it's difficult to function without a leader, the team is very self sufficient and they're willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes. We will be just fine."

The parting was amicable, according to Meske. The chamber thanked him for his service, wishing him the best in his next endeavor, Nagel said.

Meske said he appreciates the challenge and opportunity to be part of the community and hopes to pursue a new position that will allow him to stay.

"I have absolutely fallen in love with the community here," he said. "I love it here, I really do."

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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