Jim Schwarzenberger, executive director of the Newton Chamber, has announced his plans to retire. He will be leaving on April 1.

Schwarzenberger was named the executive director of the Chamber in 2009 and had previously served as an interim director. He said he had been considering retirement for about a year.

"My desire to do different things and some local circumstances had to do with that," he said.

He plans to spend some time with family and then move forward with some business interests he has been pursuing, particularly in the leadership development area.