Wm. James Mortimer, editor and publisher of the Deseret News, became chairman of the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday , succeeding Nick Rose, president and chief executive officer of Mountain Fuel Supply Co.

Mortimer, who has served as first vice chairman the past 12 months, gave to Rose the gavel he has used to call the board meetings to order. Mortimer received a new gavel.

Rose paid tribute to his fellow board members, all chamber members, the chamber staff and the reporters who regularly cover the chamber activities.