Cumberland Times-News

December 27, 2013

Search begins for downtown promotions director

Greg Larry
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Officials with the Downtown Development Commission, along with Jennifer Light, the downtown manager, have prepared an advertisement to officially open the search for a new events manger for the town center.

With the retirement of downtown co-manager Ed Mullaney in October, officials have been working to create a job description to fill the void left by Mullaney’s departure.

“The title of the position will be promotions director,” said Light.

Officials plan to place the ad on the city website and possibly other publications beginning Jan. 6.

“The job will be part time,” said Light.

Sandi Saville, the chair of the DDC, said the job description has been written. It will need to be approved by officials in the human resources department at City Hall.

“It is a city job but it will be contractual,” said Saville.

Mullaney, who became a fixture downtown for 15 years, spent long hours managing the variety of events that are held each year.

“We want someone who is flexible with their hours and will be good with working weekends,” said Light.

Light will focus on the duties at the manager’s office, which was relocated to City Hall following Mullaney’s retirement. The new promotions director will work with the various events that are held throughout downtown.

Officials say the new post will require more hours during the warm weather months. The city begins holding activities at an accelerated pace with the St. Paddy’s Day Hooley and other activities surrounding the March holiday.

“We want to have someone by March,” said Light.

Beginning in May, the weekly summer-long evening of activities known as Friday After Five begins.

“We will continue to have activities and music on Fridays,” said Saville.

Saville said that most activities will return this year, but she hopes to broaden the spectrum of the events to attract a wide range of people and to promote the retail shops.

A newly hired promotions director will also contribute ideas to the scheduling, variety and theme of the events, according to Saville.

“We might rename it (Friday After Five). We might have a family night. There may also be activities on Saturday as well,” said Saville.

Saville said they are struggling in the wake of Mullaney’s departure and are still ironing out the details. Mullaney retired as of Oct. 31 to spend more time with his family.

“We want the events to appeal to a broad range of people,” said Saville.

Saville said that music will definitely continue to be a part of the downtown schedule of events.

“Outdoor dining will also continue,” said Saville.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com.