Following the WXHC news story, the Partnership did officially release a statement this morning (January 4th) acknowledging that Megivern has left:
“The Board of Directors wishes him success in his new endeavors. Adam spent the last decade working tirelessly to improve Historic Downtown Cortland. His efforts led to millions of dollars of investments downtown and increased attention to Main Street businesses and events.”
ORIGINAL STORY–January 3
Breaking news this afternoon (January 3) regarding the Cortland Downtown Partnership Association.
WXHC News has learned that its executive director, Adam Megivern, resigned unexpectedly effective last Friday, December 28.
No official statement has been made by the Partnership but we did speak with its president, Evan Geibel, who told us Megivern has “accepted a position elsewhere.”
Geibel declined to tell us exactly where Megivern is headed, but he did confirm that his decision was sudden and came with little notice.
At this point, it’s unclear whether or not Megivern’s position will be replaced.
In the meantime, Geibel says the Partnership’s assistant director Jane Witty will take on the additional duties left behind by Megivern.
Much controversy surrounded Megivern and the Partnership when they announced in November that many local favorite events like the First Light New Year’s Eve event and Chill-a-Bration would be cancelled because of changes to the Partnership’s funding from the County Legislature’s occupancy annual tax allocation (SEE ORIGINAL STORY HERE).
Geibel says this controversy had nothing to do with Megivern’s resignation.