SKOWHEGAN — The executive director of the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce has resigned from his position, the chamber announced earlier this week.

The organization in an email Monday said the board accepted Jason Gayne’s resignation.

“The board thanks Jason for his service for the … years that he served as executive director and wish him the best in the future,” the email said.

Jason Gayne, shown in 2019, has resigned as executive director of the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce. Morning Sentinel file photo

It went on to say the chamber will rely on the board, member organizations and Julia Turner, the membership and events coordinator, to navigate the transition period.

Calls to the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce office Thursday and again Friday were not returned, and a call to Gayne on Friday also was not returned.

Gayne began working with the chamber in June 2016 when he was named interim executive director after the previous director, Cory King, stepped down to become the executive director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce in Brunswick.


Gayne was then named to the position permanently in September of that year.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Gayne said at the time. “I know that we can do a lot and get membership back.”

He grew up in Skowhegan and graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 2004 before attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he received an associate degree in criminal justice and later a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

Gayne has been a substitute teacher, a part-time officer with the Skowhegan Police Department and the executive director of Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County.

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