The Missoulian announced today that publisher Stacey Mueller—who also oversees the Ravalli Republic—is resigning from her position to begin work as vice president for First Interstate Bank. According to the announcement, Mueller will be supervising the First Interstate's North Reserve branch in Missoula. She will officially leave the two Lee Enterprises newspapers on Oct. 21. The article adds that advertising and marketing director Jim McGowan will step in as interim publisher.
"My philosophy as publisher has been that our newspaper needs not only to reflect the community it serves, but also gives back to it," Mueller said in the Missoulian. "I believe we accomplished both of those things during my time here, so I leave the position feeling proud."
Mueller has worked at the Missoulian since 2005. She was promoted from financial services manager to publisher in 2007. The Missoulian quoted Mueller as being "heartened by how we've positioned these newspapers for the future."
"Our newspapers are moving forward, strongly, into the future - with our print editions, our specialty products, our websites and mobile apps," Mueller told the Missoulian. "It's been a time of great change in the news business, but the innovation and creativity I've seen from my staff at the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic has been remarkable."