Huntington Plans Hiring of Communications Director

Updated 6 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams told a work session of Huntington City Council that he is in the final stages of hiring a prospective communications director. Before making a decision, he asked council to make the position a “division head,” raising pay from about $33,000 to $51,000.

“We would be lucky to get a college graduate at the current rate,” the Mayor said. “We’d be better off with someone experienced handling a $45 million dollar corporation.”

He explained that the department head will coordinate information release from all departments including the Mayor’s Office and City Council, but organize events, manage the city’s  web site,  work with citizens, and handle media relations.

“We have not been effective in communicating all that we are doing,” the Mayor said. Often, “the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.”

A question by councilman Gary Bunn hinted that a quarterly publication of city progress could also be on the plate of the new hire.

Assuming that council approves the budget revision --- where the funds come from the higher than expected sales tax collections --- Williams said a decision could come as early as Monday.

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