New Chamber President Resigns

Frank Bernard, the new Smithfield Selma Chamber President introduces himself to the Smithfield Town Council on March 7th. Today (Wednesday), Bernard suddenly resigned from his position. His resignation was effective immediately. Photo

Just 23 days after becoming the President and CEO of the Greater Smithfield Selma Area Chamber of Commerce, Frank Bernard, JD resigned from the position Wednesday. His resignation was effective immediately.

A spokesperson for the Chamber issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying, “While we cannot comment on this personnel matter we want to assure our members and the public that this Chamber has already begun taking steps towards filling the position.”

Bernard was hired February 20th as the replacement for Rick Childrey who retired in December after 30 years of service.

Bernard, a native of Fayetteville, and his wife a native of Kenly, said in February they were excited to return to the area.

“I’m really excited about seeking opportunities to partner with business leaders in state and local government to expand our partnerships that will continue to move the towns of Smithfield and Selma forward,” he said.

He most recently held the position of Vice President, Operations Compliance and U.S. Ethics & Compliance for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving as the point of contact for operational compliance within the United States and Puerto Rico.

Bernard attended the US Air Force Academy (PLS) and holds a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina Central University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.