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Posted on: September 27, 2019

City of Temple Names Public Relations Manager

The City of Temple is pleased to announce that Laurie Simmons will assume the role of Public Relations Manager beginning October 4, 2019.

With over 12 years of experience, Simmons is an Emmy-Award Winning Journalist, Public Relations and Marketing professional who specializes in government affairs, transportation, non-profit, energy and construction projects.

Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from American University in Washington D.C. and began her career as an investigative television news reporter, later transitioning into Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. In addition to her stellar career in television, Simmons has held senior level communication roles for the Virginia Department of Transportation and worked on outreach and public relations programs for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

"The Public Relations Manager is a key position within the City of Temple organization," said Assistant City Manager, Erin Smith. "We have full confidence that Ms. Simmons can make our media relations and publicity efforts even more successful and shine a spotlight on Temple like never before, making Temple a place everyone is proud to call home."

In addition to responding to all day-to-day public information and media requests for interviews, the Public Relations Manager will be tasked with creating proactive and transparent community outreach efforts, which will help build stronger relationships with citizens, business owners, city employees and media outlets.

Heather Bates, Director of Marketing & Communications for the City of Temple stated, "We are taking a brand new approach to our communication efforts for the City. With the addition of Ms. Simmons, we can now focus on the stories that our citizens want and need to know, something which has never been done before." Bates continued, "As soon as we spoke with Ms. Simmons, everyone immediately knew she was the perfect fit. She is smart, poised and ready for the challenges that come with this role. We have known for several months she would be joining the team; however relocating from Hawaii is no easy feat. Laurie is worth the wait and we are thrilled to finally be able make this announcement.”

"Over the course of my career, my passion always centered around storytelling, and I can’t wait to share more about the special people that make the City of Temple an amazing place to live, work and play, Simmons commented. "I look forward to working with the city’s leadership team in communicating and executing their strategic vision for Temple’s future growth and success.”

Laurie Simmons is currently in the process of relocating to the Central Texas area from Honolulu, HI and may be contacted after October 1st. Media outlets seeking comment, interviews or to pitch story ideas related to city affairs, may contact Simmons directly at the contact information listed below:
Laurie Simmons
Public Relations Manager - City of Temple, TX