The Lynchburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors has announced the departure of Chamber President and CEO. Media outlets report, the board voted to eliminate the job Rex Hammond has held for 15 years. The decision was made Thursday in a restructuring sparked by the loss of the city tourism contract. Hammond’s departure will become effective at the end of the year on December 31–which is the last day the tourism contract is in place. The city is taking the program in house beginning Jan. 1. The Chamber will employ six full-time employees going forward and still plans to move into a new building off Candlers Mountain Road, and expects to complete its $2.9 million campaign early next year.