COUNCIL BLUFFS — Former Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan has been hired as interim president and chief executive officer of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce.

Hanafan will begin his chamber duties July 1.

The chamber’s board of directors announced the hiring on Monday.

Hanafan served as mayor of Council Bluffs for 25 years, after which he served as a member of the Pottawattamie County Board.

He will serve as the interim CEO while the chamber seeks to permanently replace the position most recently held by Dan Koenig.

Last week, Koenig announced that he intended to pursue other opportunities.

Hanafan has been recognized by countless community organizations and continues to be active in Council Bluffs in his retirement.

“The Chamber of Commerce is at a pivotal transition period, and the board wanted to find an interim leader who could provide some stability to our organization and continue to serve and support the business community of Council Bluffs; Tom Hanafan was an easy choice to fill that leadership role,” said Don Kohler, vice president of marketing and public relations at Iowa Western Community College and chairman of the chamber board.

Hanafan, a lifelong Council Bluffs resident, said he looks forward to serving the community again in his interim role at the chamber.

“Clearly, the Chamber of Commerce has always played a key role in the development of our great city,” he said. “I am going to work hard to help the chamber board and its membership during this transition.”

Hanafan said he signed a contract to serve as interim CEO through the first of the year, “but I’m not interested in the position on a full-time basis.”

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