The Cache Chamber of Commerce has named Doug E. Thompson, 41, as its new executive director, replacing Paula Bell, who served in the position for more than two years before her dismissal June 23.

Thompson, who was chosen from among 48 applicants, will leave his post as Utah State University's director of alumni relations, a post he has held for the past six years.Before taking the USU job, Thompson served as information officer for the Utah Energy Office and as a speech writer for former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson.

Thompson said he has no qualms about accepting the position that was opened amid controversy over the firing of Bell.

Chamber President Jay Spencer announced at the time that Bell was fired because the chamber's executive committee was dissatisfied with her relationships with other entities, such as Logan City, Cache County and USU.

Bell's dismissal was met with outrage by supporters.