BY JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS
Executive director Jennifer Brown will be leaving the Montclair Center Business Improvement District Aug. 2, after working with the organization less than a year.
The Board of Directors of the Montclair Center BID announced a search for a new executive director today, June 26. No reason for the departure was given.
“Ultimately, Jennifer decided that this was not the right role for her. We wish her well in whatever her future endeavors may be,” said board president Jason Gleason.
Brown, a Montclair resident and the former executive director of the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID in New York, replaced Israel Cronk in November 2018. Cronk resigned last year to take a job and move his family to Florida.
Phil Cantor, then-president of the BID, told Montclair Local last year that the board was happy to have Brown on board with her extensive BID experience.
She was the fourth director to lead the Montclair BID, which was founded in 2002. Cronk had been executive director of the BID since April 2016, when he replaced Luther Flurry. Prior to that, Cronk was a board member with the BID and the manager of Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa.
Representing the over 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, way-finding signage and maintenance throughout the district.
Brown’s salary increased by 5 percent this year, up to $100,000.
“The BID is currently in great shape as we move forward with many exciting initiatives. We are very focused on the future, and in the search for finding the best fit for the BID in that regard,” Gleason. said.