The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has a new president.

Former President Bobby Vincent submitted a letter of resignation on April 2. President-Elect Brandy Slaughter will fill the remainder of Vincent’s term, according to information from the Bridge City Chamber’s board of directors. Vincent took over the presidency from Eric Andrus when he ended his term early. He did not give a reason for resigning other than it was not health related.

Slaughter said she was surprised by Vincent’s sudden resignation since he took over the post in March of 2012. She said her goals as president is to help promote Bridge City businesses while not costing them anything to do so.

“I want to do for businesses so it doesn’t cost them money. I want to let the community to know about the businesses and what they have to offer,” she said.

Slaughter said there are many new people on the board of directors who are business-minded who have great ideas.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I have a great group of people to work with. They are leaders and they serve as examples. We can’t be successful without them.

“So many businesses are now joining the chamber, that we’re behind eight or nine ribbon cutting ceremonies. We don’t have to call them. They’re calling us.”

Another change Slaughter would like to make is to hire a part-time person to work at the chamber office while still utilizing volunteers at the office.

A statement from the board of directors responded: “We appreciate all the work that Bobby has done on behalf of the chamber and regret his decision to no longer serve as president. President-Elect Brandy Slaughter will fill the remainder of Bobby’s term. We know that she will work hard just as Bobby has for the betterment of the chamber and on behalf of the members of the chamber. Please welcome Brandy Slaughter as the new chamber president.”