LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Bill Schmitz, of La Crescent, has been named the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce Interim Director on a part-time basis until a permanent director is hired.

Schmitz will begin his new role on Monday, June 24 and work on a part-time basis until a permanent director is hired.

"I look forward to being a part of a Chamber team that has seen significant support from the local business community," Schmitz said. "I am excited for a chance to help the staff expand the Chamber’s offerings and to work with business leaders in growing our local economy."

Schmitz has served on the Board of Directors of the la Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the La Crosse Area Development Corporation.

Former Chamber president Dick Granchalek resigned on March 26 after working with the organization for more than 12 years.