CHEYENNE COUNTY — The leader of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce is stepping down.
"I've loved my time here," Cheyenne County Chamber President and CEO Hope Feeney said. "I've loved my time at this job. It was definitely challenging at times."
Feeney has announced she will step down as president of the chamber in July. Her and her husband Eamonn have both taken teaching positions at Maxwell Public Schools. It will be Hope's first teaching job. Eamonn, who currently teaches at Sidney High School, will also be the head football coach at Maxwell High School.
Hope says her and her husband are ready for the new opportunity.
"Huge change, but ultimately a really good life change for us, kind of being on the same schedule," Hope said. "He's always had a lot more time off than I've had so we've always had to work around different things. I think it will be really good for us long term."
That does not mean leaving Sidney will be easy.
"There were a lot of things we didn't want to leave here and a lot of people we don't want to leave here," Hope said. "That's the hardest part. The only thing that makes it even a little bit better is it's so close so we'll be able to come down on weekends and attend the events we've come to love here."
Hope took over as the president of the chamber in June of 2018. She says she enjoyed the challenge, but now it’s time to move onto something new.
"It's kind of a leap of faith a little bit," Hope said. "Just trying something out and seeing how it goes."
The Cheyenne County Chamber has begun the search for its next President. You can read a full statement from Hope, which is also included in this month's Chamber newsletter below:
Hello Chamber Members!
I wanted to give you all a little bit of a update here in this newsletter. As some of you may have already heard, my last month with the Cheyenne County Chamber will be this July. My husband and I will both be teaching at Maxwell High School in the next school year, where he will also be the head football coach. This is a great opportunity for our family to have similar schedules and I am looking forward to working in a school system again.
Although this is a great opportunity for us, I am immensely sad to be leaving my position at the Chamber. My favorite part of working here has been seeing new businesses and existing businesses thrive and working with business owners and community organizations. I am leaving here with great memories and pride for my hometown community. I even have a renewed sense of appreciation for this place that I called home for most of my life. I truly believe that Cheyenne County is so resilient and is full of amazing people who are putting in the work to make our community successful.
In closing, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of me and your Cheyenne County Chamber. I wish you nothing but further success and growth and am looking forward to seeing Cheyenne County continue to grow. In the following months I will continue working on the goals we have set for the Chamber as well as setting a strong foundation for the next President to step into.