A new executive director will take over the helm of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association in mid-January.

Tim Moore, a loan administrator with the Citizens Bank, was appointed to the post last week by the Board of Directors of the Community Development Partnership.

Main Street and the Chamber fall under the umbrella of the CDP.

Moore, a Neshoba County native, was selected after a committee narrowed candidates from 12 to three.

He will succeed Lisa Howell who resigned in October.

Moore said he was excited for the opportunity but noted that it would be sad to leave his current work family.

"I love my family at the bank," he said. "It was a tough decision [to leave]."

He recalled being shocked after receiving the news.

"I was overwhelmed and excited at the same time," he said. "Everyone had confidence in me."

Moore said that while he is happy for the new opportunity, it wasn't an easy decision for him to make.

"There was a lot of prayer and being approached by others," he said.

He noted that numerous people came up and told him he would be a good fit for the job.

Jason York, CDP Board chairman, said the board had a lot of good candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

"It was not an easy position to fill," he said.

York praised Moore's hiring, citing his history of involvement with the Main Street board and the community.

"He's already been involved and cares about the community," he said.

CDP President David Vowell agreed, saying Moore has a passion for all community projects.

"He has been involved in everything and we were impressed with the passion he had," he said.

Even though he's just been chosen for the position, Moore already has many ideas.

"I've worked with Main Street already and I'd like to expand on what the board does," he said.

Vowell, along with York, said Moore would be starting full time in mid-January.

Moore's annual salary was set at $33,000, plus health insurance and holiday, vacation and sick pay, he said.

"It's the same salary that previous director Lisa Howell earned," Vowell said.

Moore's role will be to direct the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street boards and to provide updates during the monthly CDP meeting.

"We're anxious for him to start," Vowell said.

York agreed.

"We will see great things out of him," he said.

Moore is president of the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council.

He hopes that the two organizations will be able to work "hand and hand."