From a field of 40-plus candidates, the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce has narrowed its CEO search to two final candidates, the chamber's board chairman said Friday.

Pat Eikenberry said the finalists will be in the Quad-Cities on Wednesday and Thursday for more interviews and to meet with chamber and community leaders. He would not disclose the candidates' names.

Eikenberry, who also chairs the search committee, said the candidates will arrive on separate days. They each will meet with the chamber's board and privately with Eikenberry and incoming board chair Joe Slavens. The candidates also will tour the community and attend evening receptions with city and county leaders, board members and other invited constituents.

The chamber launched a nationwide search after its previous CEO Tara Barney stepped down in July. Kristin Glass, the chamber's former vice president of member services, has served as interim CEO.

On Thursday, the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce in Evansville announced it has hired Barney as its new CEO.

The Quad-Cities chamber hired executive search firm Waverly Partners to assist with the search. Eikenberry said the firm identified more than 40 applicants for the job, narrowing the first cut to eight. "Then the search committee decided to interview six of them."

"We had six solid candidates and two are just exceptional," he added. "I was very pleased."

Barney resigned July 21 saying it was time "to pass the torch to new leadership." She begins a new job with the Southwest Indiana Chamber March 19.

"I hope we'll be having a board meeting in late February or early March and make a decision," Eikenberry said, adding that the next step is up to the board of directors.