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The new president and CEO of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce will begin work Oct. 15.

Carolyn Hart is replacing Carolyn McHugh, who served in the position for 14 years.

“I am so grateful to be able to follow in the footsteps of Carolyn McHugh,” Hart said in a chamber news release. “Her leadership will be missed, yet she has provided the Chamber and me with a strong legacy and foundation for the future.”

In the release, Hart said her first 100 days as president and CEO will be dedicated to “actively engaging” the chamber’s members to discuss how it can serve and support the members’ business goals.

“I’m not a one-track-mind person,” Hart said. “I need to understand what they need from their chamber. ... That will dictate where we go next.”

Hart has been a resident of Calvert County for 19 years, and owns and operates a small business in Lusby with her husband.

She will be stepping down as the branch manager for Manpower Group, a workforce solutions company, in Leonardtown and Waldorf.

As manager, she was responsible for “ensuring profit results that were in line with budgeted expectations, managing permanent staff, managing business development and providing high quality customer service throughout the Southern Maryland area,” the release states.

Andrew Applegate, chairman of the search committee of the chamber, said in the release that Hart’s management and sales experience, her role on the board of directors of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce and her involvement in various committees with both county chambers “make her uniquely qualified for the position.”

Hart was selected from more than 55 applicants.

She said she will be resigning from the Charles County chamber board, where she has served for the past two years and has been a member since 2007.

Much of her involvement with the chamber, she said, has been “more toward Charles,” where she has chaired the membership committee and been on the executive search committee.

Hart said she has been a member of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

She will continue to serve on the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, she said.