Manitou chamber reorganizes, Miller out

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing its staff and has laid off COO Roger Miller, effective immediately.

Miller’s ouster was announced Friday afternoon by the iManitou board of directors. The down economy, which was further impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire, has left the board struggling financially.

Former Manitou Springs Mayor Marcy Morrison will serve as the interim CEO of iManitou and is charged with leading the reorganization process.

Morrison was appointed by the Manitou City Council to represent the city on the iManitou Board of Directors in 2011. She is the former Manitou mayor, former president of Manitou School District 14 board of education, former El Paso County commissioner, former state representative and most recently served as insurance commissioner for the State of Colorado.

Miller took the COO post for iManitou, an umbrella board under the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council, in August 2011. His role was to help provide information, strengthen community relationships and promote and enhance the visitor experience and support local business. Recently, Miller served on the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance task force following the Waldo Canyon fire.

The Manitou Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will undertake a complete review of its organization in light of the new City of Manitou Springs Comprehensive Vision and Planning Guide as well as the 2010 Manitou Springs Economic Development Project Report.

Morrison will spearhead the effort to bring businesses, residents and the City of Manitou Springs together to create and implement a more efficient operational plan.

“The board will continue work with the business community to clarify priorities which support our members and the work of the City of Manitou Springs,” the statement said.

It was unclear if Morrison will serve in a paid or voluntary position. She could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. Board member Tim Haas also could not be reached for comment Friday.