Mark Austin has gotten a promotion: Tuesday, he was elected president of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce.

Austin, the owner of C-Me Promotions & Embroidery, was previously the board's vice-president. Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem Thurston "Smitty" Smith swore Austin in at a ceremony Tuesday morning.

The remaining board officers and executive committee members will be selected at a special meeting of the board of directors on Friday.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.