Updated 3:30 p.m. with comments from Wellbrock
Outgoing Hays Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tammy Wellbrock has filed to run for the Hays USD 489 school board, Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus said Thursday morning.
Wellbrock resigned her position from the chamber in February but plans to stay until July to assist in the transition to a new executive. She will be launching her own professional training business, Girl Twin Solutions LLC after she leaves the chamber.
Wellbrock joined the Chamber as executive director in 2011.
She is the second person to file for the four at-large seats open on the USD 489 school board, joining incumbent Luke Oborny.
Wellbrok told The Hays Daily News her years in a community leadership position and a facilitator with Leadership Hays led to her decision to run for the board.
“As a facilitator, we’re helping others learn the tools needed to be in positions, and certainly we’re encouraging people to consider how they can serve at the civic level and provide leadership,” she said.
“So I feel like I’ve been preaching it to many people, so therefore I feel the need to be able to back up my encouragement of others and to follow my advice,” she said.
Hays Chamber policy prohibited her from holding public office while in its employment, she said.
Wellbrock is a native of Healy, where her father had served on the school board. She moved to Hays in 1989 to attend FHSU, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there. She is also a Certified Association Executive with the Center for Association Leadership.
She is married to Gerard Wellbrock, who calls Fort Hays State University Sports for Eagle Communications. They have one son, who is a freshman at Hays High School.
She also served on USD 489’s facility needs committee in 2013 that offered its recommendations for what became the district’s first attempt at bond at $94 million.
“I do believe I have the knowledge of having been in every building, in every boiler room in every building and certainly getting to see and understand the inner workings,” she said.
Candidate filings for 2019 elections in Ellis County can be made for a $20 filing fee by June 3.