Kent City Government doesn’t have an in-house PR staffer (although many cities do) — so we all end up doing some degree of media relations.
The City Department heads and I tend to share the PR duties, typically based on the topic and our respective areas of expertise. Economic development tends to be some of our most newsworthy stuff so Dan Smith often finds himself in front of a microphone.
Anyone that knows Dan, knows that he’s never met a microphone he didn’t like, but when it comes to microphones with rolling cameras behind him, that’s a different story and he’ll say that he has a face made for radio so he tends to pass off the TV interviews to the nearest staff person — which is usually me.
I’d prefer to keep a low profile and let the political leaders in our community cut the ribbons and make the headlines but I realize that running the City’s business affairs also means announcing, reporting and explaining issues publicly so I end up doing my fair of interviews.
With a bunch of recent good news announcements for Kent, Dan Smith circulated a list of the articles and interviews. In case you missed any of them, here’s Dan’s list: