Matt Marchand officially resigns from Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce

Matt Marchand, who was the president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, has officially resigned. He announced earlier in June that he will run for mayor.

Janice Forsyth will assume her role as acting president and CEO starting July 3

Former president and CEO of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Matt Marchand, speaks with reporters at Charles Clark Square on Tuesday June 18, 2018. Marchand announced he has filed nomination papers for Windsor's mayoral race. (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)

Matt Marchand has officially resigned from his role as president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Friday at 10 p.m. His resignation will be effective starting July 3.

In an email release sent by the Windsor-Essex regional board of directors, it says Janice Forsyth will assume the role of acting president and CEO.

Forsyth was previously a chair of the chamber.

Marchand announced his desire to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal elections mid-June, which raised questions about his role at the Chamber for the campaign period.

At the time, the board of directors of the chamber of commerce announced Forsyth will step in as acting president and CEO.

On Friday night when the release was sent, the chamber board thanked Marchand for his "six years of dedicated service."

"As the policy of the WERCC is that it does not comment on personnel issues, there will be no further comment on this matter," the email reads.

Marchand will be running against Tom Hensel, Ernie Lamont and Frank Dyck in the October race. Mayor Drew Dilkens has not yet announced whether he will seek a second term.