Garron said his new job is similar to the one in town but will be on a broader and wider scale.
UNH Extension received about 20 qualified applicants, according to Charles French, economic development program leader.
Garron was well qualified, well liked and is a good fit for the new position, he said.
“We are excited to have him on board,” French said.
The Town Council is also continuing their search for a permanent Town Manager to replace Hart.
Town Councilors submitted their top 10 choices for the position earlier this week. More than 60 people have applied for the position and the Town Council will continue the review applications later this month.
Currently, the Town Council has not yet decided on an interim or acting Community Development director to replace Garron, Town Councilor Tom Freda said.
However, Freda stated Cynthia May, the town planner, may take on more responsibilities due to Garron’s resignation, though it’s too early to tell. Town officials were only notified last week and there have been no recommendations for an interim position or a permanent replacement, Town Council chairman John Farrell said.