Vancouver looks for new communications boss to advise city council and city manager
The City of Vancouver is advertising for a new director of corporate communications.
The closing date for applicants is September 30, and the winning candidate will report to city manager Penny Ballem.
The long list of duties and responsibilities includes developing strategic communications plans, offering advice to city council, and overseeing the preparation of news releases and advertising.
In 2010, the city announced that Mairi Welman had been hired for the job, replacing Ryan Merkley, who held this position on a contract basis for six months.
Prior to that, Laurie Best was the city's communications director.
Welman is a former communications director for the Recycling Council of B.C. and also worked for Metro Vancouver when it was known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
In 2012, she was paid $155,819 by the city.
The city has not responded to the Straight's email request for an interview to discuss the ad, which offers no salary information.
Welman still lists herself as the director of corporate communications on her Linked-In page.
After Welman was appointed, the city imposed a gag order on most municipal staff, ensuring that communications were directed through designated spokespeople.
In this regard, the city was implementing a communications model used by the provincial and federal governments.
After Mayor Gregor Robertson came under heavy fire for this in the media, he created the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force, which made recommendations to enhance communications with residents.