Sarah Trustem is stepping down as executive director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Trustem is leaving to join Dickinson Public Schools as community relations coordinator, a newly created position.

"It was not an expected change of events, but I am excited to be working with them in this capacity," she said. "I love what I've done with the Chamber, but I'm excited to take my skill sets and help another organization."

Trustem, a Dickinson city commissioner since 2016, was previously a social studies teacher at Dickinson High School.

She started in the DACC position in January 2018.

Asked what she considers her greatest accomplishment during her time at the Chamber, Trustem said it has been "bringing the Chamber to the forefront in the community."

"I think it's lacked that for a few years, just because there has been a lot of turnover in the organization," she said. "It was never my intention to leave with such short time here, but I think we've done some truly amazing things. I think we've really done a great job at getting the Chamber out there and connecting businesses."

She added, "I'm leaving the Chamber in the most capable hands I can think of."

Trustem expects to leave the Chamber at the end of April, following the 112th Annual Banquet & Chamber Choice Awards, scheduled for April 30.

Zach Keller, DACC board president, said Trustem will be missed "quite a bit."

"She's been outstanding for the Chamber and the business community as a whole," he said. "Part of being director of the Chamber is working with a wide variety of people, and being able to manage all those different groups is a big challenge. And Sarah was someone who was definitely up to it."

He added, "We wish her well in her future position and expect she will continue to do great things for our community."

The open executive director position has been posted online.

"Sarah and our other staff have all done a great job over the past year, so we are positioned well for the future," he said. "We have a great vision and a great path forward. We're looking forward to another person with fresh ideas."

For more information on the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and the open executive director position, visit dickinsonchamber.org.