BOULDER –The Boulder Chamber has hired well-known local business and public affairs person John Tayer as its new president and chief executive.

Tayer, who worked as a spokesman at Corden Pharma Colorado Inc. for more than 10 years, also has served as a former member and chairman of the Boulder Chamber’s board of directors. He is a Regional Transportation District director representing the Boulder area.

It was good to be able to choose a local candidate to lead the chamber, said Gerry Agnes, president of Elevations Credit Union and the person who led a five-person search team for the chamber position. The search committee was helped by Eric Peterson, at Waverly Partners LLC, a national search firm based in Toledo, Ohio.

The chamber launched the nationwide search for a new leader after former president Susan Graf stepped down in May.

“From the search committee perspective,” Agnes said, “when you do a national search and end up with someone locally, it’s nice to know we have the talent here.”

Tayer said he plans to work in partnership with the chamber’s board of directors, membership and staff to advance the community’s economic interests.

“We will uphold the Boulder Chamber’s proud heritage as a leading contributor to all that makes Boulder such a special place to live and work,” Tayer said in a press statement.

Tayer has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Colorado. He is expected to start his new job in early December, according to the press statement.

The Boulder Chamber has more than 1,800 business members. It has an operating budget of $1.2 million and 10 staff members. The chamber is an umbrella over the Boulder Economic Council, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Small Business Development Center, which brings an additional 12 staffers and $1.8 million in annual revenue to the organization.