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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Sloat named chamber director

Will assume duties Nov. 27
Nov 03, 2017
Darien Sloat

Darien Sloat has been named the new executive director of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sloat is already intimately familiar with the chamber, having served for nearly six years on its board of directors, including board president earlier this year.

“As we looked at communities in which to raise our family, [my wife] Roberta and I chose Fairfield because of the balance we saw between education, fine arts, and athletics,” he said. “We have not been disappointed in our choice. We have a rare gem of a community and I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead this program, a program that has gained so much momentum in recent years, due in large part to the staff and dedicated members of the chamber board. I am proud to call Fairfield home and excited to help make it better.”

Sloat’s first day as chamber director will be Nov. 27. He will succeed Detra Dettmann, who announced her pending departure earlier this year.

Sloat is currently the Fairfield branch manager at Temp Associates, a family-owned business based in Muscatine. He obtained a bachelor of general studies degree from the University of Iowa. His work experience includes positions as director of human resources, administrator of two care facilities, social worker and counselor.

Darien has worked in Fairfield for more than 20 years, and moved to Fairfield from Washington, Iowa, in 2003 with wife Roberta and their three children, Madeline, Max, and Claudia.

Roberta has a degree in social work from the University of Iowa and is an employee of the Washington County Department of Human Services. About a year ago, she became the coordinator of the First Five Program for Washington and Henry counties. Prior to her current position, she worked for Washington County for 18 years, first as a parent educator and later as the manager for that program.

Madeline teaches vocal music in the Mt. Pleasant School District; Max teaches high school English in the Grinnell School District; and Claudia will graduate from Grandview University in Des Moines this spring with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Theater is a shared passion in the entire Sloat family, which has engaged in all aspects of the Fairfield Area Community Theater (F.A.C.T.) since moving to town. Darien enjoys set-building for shows with F.A.C.T., the high school, the middle school, as well as the high school’s large group speech team and the Maharishi School speech team.

Darien is a past member of the board of directors for the Fairfield Area Soccer Association and coached soccer in Fairfield and Washington for many years. He spends his remaining free time with friends, using the trail system in Fairfield, walking the dogs, golfing, fishing and playing cards.

Departing chamber director Dettmann is excited for the next chapter in the chamber’s history.

“I first met Darien when we moved to town in 2005 after we enrolled our 8-year old daughter in soccer and Darien was her volunteer coach,” she said. “I was immediately struck by Darien’s gentle spirit and genuine care for others. These qualities made him a great soccer coach and mentor for kids, and will also make a him an outstanding leader for the Chamber.”

Dettmann said that, having known Darien for over 12 years, “I’ve seen his sincere love for Fairfield and his dedication to service. I feel those are the most important qualities a chamber’s leader can possess. The future of our chamber is very bright.”

Dettmann’s last day with the chamber will be Nov. 17. She leaves the chamber after 17 months of service to join her husband, who accepted a position in northeast Iowa in January.

“While my time here has been short, it’s truly been one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our members and the community. Fairfield will always be a very special chapter in my life and hold a special place in my heart.”

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