Rick Wilson was Liberty Station executive director for eight months before winning East County chamber job. Image via East County chamber

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Thursday announced the appointment of local executive Rick Wilson as the chamber’s president and CEO.

Wilson took the position with the chamber after serving as executive director of the Liberty Station Community Association and Liberty Station Improvement Association. Before that, he served in various management capacities with the Mission Valley YMCA for 16 years and as the San Diego Chargers’ facilities manager for six years.

Wilson replaced interim CEO Joe Mackey, who was appointed to the position in January after Joe Lund, the chamber’s president and CEO since 2014, left for a similar job at a tourism bureau in Colorado.

Wilson, who completed his first day as the chamber’s top executive on Monday, said he was “thrilled with the opportunity to continue the momentum and serve the chamber members as we support the overall business community and improve business competitiveness. The chamber has a robust future with a dynamic staff and a highly engaged board.”

The chamber spent the last few months completing a national search for a new CEO that drew dozens of applicants, according to chamber officials. The 600-member organization represents cities and unincorporated areas throughout east San Diego County, including El Cajon, Santee, Alpine, Julian and Ramona.

“We are looking forward to Rick’s leadership and talent at such an important time in our growth as we continue to help all businesses in the community to thrive,” said Cameron Stewart, the chamber’s board chairman.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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