CHARLESTON -- The president and CEO position at the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce has remained vacant for several months, but the search for a new one is over. 

Charleston native Jessica Killough has agreed to accept the position and will start at the beginning of next year, according to a press release from the chamber. 

"I look forward to both renewing old friendships and establishing new ones for the betterment of the Charleston area," Killough said.

Earlier this year, Cindy White, longtime leader at the chamber, retired from the role. In the interim, Jordan Landeck was tasked with taking over White's position. The release says Killough will now take a permanent spot in that role. 

Killough has lived in Charleston for 15 years, having graduated from Charleston High School and later graduating from Eastern Illinois University with both a bachelor's and master's in Communication Studies.

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She currently serves the Mattoon Area Family YMCA as their marketing director and previously as the program director of the Mattoon Arts Council. Jess also has been the interim communication specialist for the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce and the manager of events and community engagement with PAWS Chicago, a large animal rescue non-for-profit, the release states. 

"We believe she will help make the Charleston area both a better place to live and do business with,” said Tina Held, Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors.

Landeck will continue to serve the chamber membership in her previous role as the chamber communication and event director. 

“We want to publicly say what we have shared with Jordan privately: She did a very good job during the past 5 plus months continuing to keep the (Charleston chamber) moving in the right direction,” said Erin Walters, Search Committee Chair. 

The search committee, made up of four chamber members of four, helped find and decide candidates for the position. Held previously noted the Charleston chamber was looking to reevaluate where they want to be and how they should change because this would be the time to do it. 

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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