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Conflict Ends Over Firing of Bangor Chamber Director 

Catherine Pegram

A conflict over the firing of the head of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce appears is over, just hours before a special meeting to talk about the dismissal of Candy Guerette was scheduled to start. The Chair of the Board of Directors says Guerette has agreed to accept a severance package of four months of pay and four months of health insurance. Guerette was let go last week after 13 years as President and CEO. The decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, based on what they called poor job performance.The Chair of the Board of Directors, John Diamond, says the board decided around noon today to call off the 3:30 meeting after receiving a letter from Guerette’s lawyer. In the letter, Charles Gilbert said the original reason for calling the meeting has been resolved and there’s no longer any practical or legal purpose for it.The original severance package for Guerette offered her three months of pay and benefits. She countered with eight months severance, pay for vacation and sick time and the assurance that Diamond would not fill her position.At today’s meeting a group of members was expected to ask the board to appoint a special committee to investigate the decision to fire Guerette.Just yesterday the full Board of Directors unanimously backed the actions of the Executive Committee to oust Guerette. Her lawyer says Guerette appreciates the support she’s received and that it’s time to move on. He says Gurette has nothing but the highest regard for the Chamber and its mission and wishes it and her successor nothing but the best.Diamond say the process to replace Guerette will begin immediately.