Scott Alevy is stepping down as vice president of public policy for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce after a little more than two years on the job.

It’s a key position at the chamber, the one responsible for leading the chamber’s push on local, state and federal policy issues impacting local businesses. It was formerly held by Mitch Mitchell, a prominent local political figure, until he left to do governmental relations for San Diego Gas & Electric.

Alevy said he’s accepted a position as vice president at Hutchens PR. Most recently, the firm figured prominently as the lead public relations firm employed by Sunroad Enterprises during last summer’s scandal over its Kearny Mesa office tower.

“I’ve got a great opportunity. I’m going to go to work with Hutchens PR and nobody should begin to even read anything into it,” Alevy told me.

He said he’s got five or six years left before retirement and he sees it as moving on to the last chapter of his working life.

Alevy listed as his greatest accomplishment the upgrading of the chamber’s communications, saying that the quarterly magazine was more creative, had been expanded by 40 percent and had gone full color.

He also noted that the chamber had worked through issues such as the airport ballot measure, Sunrise Powerlink and the Navy Broadway Complex.

Alevy was named to the spot in January 2006.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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