CRANFORD - Gabe Bailer has resigned from his position as Director of the Office of Business and Economic Development, the Board of the Downtown Management Corporation (DMC) announced Wednesday afternoon.

According to the release, Bailer, who took over the position in February 2018, has accepted a new opportunity elsewhere. In response, the Board of the Downtown Management Corporation will formally recommend to the Cranford Township Committee that Caren Demyen be appointed Assistant Manager while a search for a new Director is underway.

"I am excited to support the Downtown Cranford businesses, property owners, and residents in an expanded role. I believe our downtown is the heart of Cranford, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community," said Demyen.

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"Caren has proven herself as a dedicated and creative asset to our town," said Commissioner Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, Township Committee Liaison to the DMC Board. "She was one of the driving forces behind FLAG earlier this year, which generated significant financial support for many businesses during a time of unprecedented need. Caren has the full support of the Township Committee and DMC Board, and we're excited and appreciative that she is willing to step into a bigger role."

The search for a new Director will begin immediately. In the interim, the Township is looking to utilize consultant support to temporarily assist the Office of Business and Economic Development.  

"We thank Gabe for his service, and look forward to working with Caren whose creativity and drive consistently shine. And we'll be committed to filling the Director position with a highly qualified individual who will continue efforts to support our businesses and property owners during the pandemic while strengthening our reputation as the best downtown in New Jersey," said Anthony Durante, Chairman of the DMC Board.