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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

Ginger Adams, the executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, has been fired. She was asked to turn in her resignation Wednesday at a meeting of the chamber's board of directors.

Jeff Field, the president of the chamber board of directors, called the termination "a personnel decision the board of directors made."

Field said the board decided it was time to go in a different direction.

Adams said she was shocked and had no idea the firing was coming. Adams said if the move was personnel matter, she has received no explanation as to why she was let go. She said she may have been ousted from her job because of friendship with former Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis.

A letter that was sent out to chamber members said in part:

In an effort to better serve you, the Southaven Chamber Board of Directors is in the process of making some significant changes.  I want to briefly share a couple of these changes with you.  First of all, I want to announce that Ginger Adams is no longer on staff with the Southaven Chamber.  We certainly appreciate Ginger's service with the Chamber over the past several years, and we wish her well.  Debbie King, who has been on staff with the Chamber for the past two years, will be serving as the Interim Director until the Chamber Board names a new Executive Director.  The Chamber Board is committed and prepared to fully assist Debbie during this time of transition.

MORE: READ THE FULL LETTER HERE

In the letter to its members, Chamber of Commerce President Fields and its board members said Adams is no longer on staff, and her service over the years has been appreciated.

Adams doesn't appreciate it, and says the board wasn't duly elected, and under bylaws didn't have the authority to ask for her resignation.

"Yes, do they possibly have that throw the baby out with the bath syndrome very possibly," she said.

During the State auditor's trial in Jackson against Davis, the State accused the former Southaven mayor of double dipping, getting reimbursements from the city, and the chamber of commerce. Those accusations have been rebutted by Davis' attorney.

Adams said she may be a victim because the city is trying to distance itself from Davis. She said Davis has been found guilty of nothing, and the chamber had a clean record while she was there.

"The chamber has had annual audits done by CPA firms and all of our audits have come back great, no problems," Adams told FOX13 News. "Yes, the whole issue of Greg Davis being investigated by the FBI, we were thoroughly investigated by the FBI. I bet I sent a thousand or more documents, and we were completely cleared of everything."

Adams said her firing may have a lot to do with her friendship with Davis.

"I think that maybe possibly it did, and again, I really think this whole new direction has to do with they just want to erase anything that has happened in the past," Adams said. "But nothing has been proven that happened. Yes, I do think that had a lot to do with it."

The chamber of commerce said it is also moving its office from Southaven city Hall to a more central location. Adams said that office is being moved because the city wants the chamber to have a fresh start in a new location.

If the chamber board directors thinks Adams is going away, that is not going to happen. She's served as executive director of the chamber since 2005, and said she is considering taking legal action against the board.

Debbie King, manager of member services, has been named as interim executive director of the nonprofit organization.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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