Chatfield Resigns as CEO of Southwest Michigan First

Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield announced his resignation as CEO of Southwest Michigan First Monday morning.

Chatfield was recently hired as CEO of the Kalamazoo based economic development group, but faced criticism for his past stances on LGBTQ rights and his lack of business and economic development experience.


The northern Michigan native previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2015-2021 and was Speaker of the House from 2019-2021.