Danville Express

Newsfront - March 23, 2007

County hires information officer

Contra Costa County has appointed Laura Garcia Darensburg to get information out to the community about its services and operations. The Chief Public Communication Officer position is new to the county.

"This position is going to be a tremendous help in quickly and strategically getting the right information out to the right people," said District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho.

The position will streamline county communications with the news media, providing a central contact for reporters who need statistical information or interviews with county staff, according to a county press release.

"We need to efficiently get information out to our nearly 1 million residents regarding the county's key service areas and emergency preparedness," said County Administrator John Cullen.

Darensburg has several years of experience as a television news reporter and anchor at stations in Santa Barbara and in Las Vegas. She has also worked in community involvement campaigns and on a communications team on local government issues including airports, family courts and public safety. She was raised in San Francisco, and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from UC Berkeley.

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