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Harper named Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce interim president
Debbie Harper
Debbie Harper

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Debbie Harper as the Interim President of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce beginning June 1. She will follow Ralph Staffins who resigned effective May 31.

Harper currently serves as the membership director for the CNCCC and has held this role since 2013. Under Harper’s leadership, membership has grown more than 30%.

“Debbie is a major contributor to CNCCC and more importantly, our community,” Corey Consuegra, CNCCC board chair, said. “The Board is confident she possesses the skills required to oversee the Chamber and also understands the needs of our members.” 

Harper has been attending the four-year program of the United States Chamber Institute for Organizational Management and will graduate this June earning her IOM designation. Through this program essential practices of nonprofit management are taught; individual performance is enhanced, and professional standards are elevated.

In addition to degrees in Family and Consumer Science from Berry College, as well as Textiles Merchandising & Interiors from the University of Georgia, Harper is set to graduate from the United States Chamber Institute for Organizational Management this June. 

“It is an honor to accept the role as Interim President of CNCCC,” Harper said. “I look forward to serving our members and the CNCCC Staff to the best of my abilities continuing the success Ralph leaves behind.”

For further information, please contact the Chamber Office at 770-786-7510 or by email at