Debbie Troyer ousted at Deming Chamber

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Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce director Debbie Troyer will leave her position Saturday after two and a half years — the timing of which, Troyer indicated, was not voluntary.

“I gave two months notice and offered my services and training in the completion of Lemonade Day,” she stated in a Facebook post, “but (the board of directors) declined and asked me to leave at the end of this week. Oh well.” She later abbreviated her post.

Troyer had been a sales executive in California’s Silicon Valley for 20 years and then worked at an art gallery in northern California prior to moving to Deming in 2012. Here, she volunteered with Deming Animal Guardians, directing fundraising events and assisting in the founding of DAGship Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue and the Silver Whiskers nonprofit thrift store, which helps fund DAGship. She also assisted businesses with the design of websites and marketing materials. Troyer’s hire as the chamber director was announced in December 2020.

Troyer said she was not given a reason for the termination.

Troyer and her executive assistant, Tarcia Rebeiz, both worked in a small office at the Deming Visitor Center, where Deming MainStreet’s executive office is also located.

Rebeiz referred questions to the board, which released a brief statement Tuesday:

“We are grateful for all the hard work and dedication Ms. Troyer have given the Chamber over the last few years,” the statement read. “We hope to maintain a professional and continued relationship with Ms. Troyer in her future endeavors. As of May 15, 2023, Tarcia Rebeiz will be taking over as Executive Director for the DLC Chamber of Commerce.”

Troyer modified her Facebook announcement, deleting the circumstances of her departure to state simply that she would be leaving effective May 14.

Her last act as director will be to oversee Saturday’s Lemonade Day event, with youthful contestants opening lemonade stand enterprises at various locations in the city.

“It’s been a pleasure serving, working with, volunteering with, and laughing with so many of you,” Troyer wrote in her post. “I hope I made a difference in your life.”

Algernon DAmmassa can be reached at [email protected]

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