Downtown Milford Incorporated is looking for new leadership.

Executive Director Steve Twilley’s last day was March 30. According to Board of Directors President Lisa Fitzgerald, he submitted his resignation Feb. 15 for personal reasons.

Now, they are on a nationwide search. They’ve posted the position on websites like, and

 “We’re trying to cast a wide net. We aren’t opposed to someone local,” she said. “We’ve had a mixture. We’ll interview someone from anywhere. But it’s easier to cast a wide net and then narrow it down.”

The organization works with the community to improve downtown with hopes of attracting businesses to the area and help already established businesses succeed.

The executive director is the only paid position at $32,000 to $40,000, Fitzgerald said, to run the day-to-day operations and act as the face of DMI in the office.

Other qualifications include experience in historic preservation, marketing, grant writing and event planning. Strong written and oral communication skills are a plus, said Fitzgerald.

While the position is listed as open until filled, the first round of evaluations will be made on applications received by May 3.

 “It just depends on the person and whether or not he or she is right for the job,” she said. “You have to be self-motivated to be able to work without an administrative assistant.”

Lorraine Dion is standing in until they find a permanent replacement.

Dion, who has been a board member in the past, said she was okay with coming back until they found the right person.

“I hope that they find a real energetic, well-organized person who is able to work with a lot of different community partners,” she said. ‘To me [Milford] is like art and history and retail coming together to make a vibrant downtown so I’m really into it.”

Dion said she isn’t staying on board past June.

The DMI board hopes to find the right person before Dion leaves.

Fitzgerald said they will leave the position open if they aren’t satisfied with the candidates.

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