John Pope, a former journalist with extensive experience in government communications, has been hired as the City’s new public information officer (PIO), City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe announced.
Pope joined the City as a part-time, interim PIO in May and was recently named to the full-time, permanent position. He succeeds the City’s previous public information officer, who left in the spring.
“John’s experience with the media and public-sector communications makes him an excellent fit for the City of South Pasadena,” DeWolfe said. “He will help us build a professional, robust communications program to keep residents well informed and engaged.”
In his new role, Pope will develop and implement communications strategies for the City, serve as a liaison and spokesperson for the news media, oversee crisis communications and social media efforts, direct the development of branding and marketing materials, develop content for the web and print publications, and more.