Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton has appointed Sara Spaulding to serve as the director of the Communications & Engagement Department. The appointment took effect on June 13, 2022. Spaulding was one of 75 individuals who applied for the position and took part in a multi-panel assessment process.
Previously, Spaulding served as the PIO/Communications Manager for the City of Wheat Ridge and the Wheat Ridge Police Department in Colorado. Prior to that, Spaulding worked in communications for the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and has served in leadership positions with hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations.
The newly created Communications & Engagement Department provides strategic communications planning to inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower internal and external stakeholders, including community members. The department manages multiple channels, including the City website and social media accounts, to keep the public informed on City news and programs.
“Sara is highly qualified and an expert in her field. I am pleased that we have been able to add resources to the City’s communications and engagement efforts,” said City Manager Greg Caton.
Spaulding adds, "I'm excited to join the City of Grand Junction staff putting my skills to work guiding the communications team in order to increase engagement and outreach on issues that matter to the community."
Spaulding holds a Master of Communications from Colorado State University and is a graduate of FEMA’s Advanced PIO program and the FBI LEEDA Master of PIO course. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has been accepted into the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows.
Contact: Sara Spaulding, Communications & Engagement Director | 970-244-1507 or firstname.lastname@example.org