Summerside hires communications officer

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE – The city has hired a director of communications to better inform the public, municipal departments and city council.  

Lorri Laughlin has joined the staff of the City of Summerside as the director of communications. The announcement was made Friday by Mayor Basil Stewart, right, and Coun. Peter Holman, chair of the human resources committee.

Lorri Laughlin is joining the city staff after having worked in this field with the Government of Canada for more than 15 years, holding positions with the Privy Council Office, Communications Canada and the Canadian Information Office.

“There will definitely be a strong external component and there’ll also be a strong internal component to improve communications between departments and also to council,” Laughlin said. “There’s a lot of support I can give and some advice and trying to set up some communications priorities that council wants to see delivered. That’s what we’re here to do, is to fulfill the priorities and the mandate that the mayor and the council have set out. I want to support that.”

Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Gordon MacFarlane, said the city wants to improve its methods of getting information out to the public.

“We’re extremely excited to have Lorri on board,” MacFarlane said. “She brings a wealth of experience and we’re looking forward to her helping us professionalize our communications strategy, get the information out to the public that the public desires, and some of the things that our city staff is doing that we may not be communicating as well as we should be.”

Laughlin holds a Bachelor of Public Relations Degree, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science, and a Diploma in Public Administration.



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  • JohnW.A.curtis
    January 05, 2013 - 16:22

    city stated it had been named as defendantsin several legal actionsand has incurred costs defending itself and its executives so now the city hires a Communication officer to speak for the city , this is awaste of taxpayers money.

  • Justa Reader
    January 05, 2013 - 12:23

    "There will definitely be a strong external component and there’ll also be a strong internal component to improve communications between departments and also to council,” Ha ha ha! Spoken like a true "expert communicator" because that quote makes no sence at all ! They may have choosen her due to her use of multi-syllable words?

  • Jerry Bingley
    January 05, 2013 - 10:34

    Congrats Lori...Maybe you can start your job by explaining ALL the details surrounding the infamous Pool Gas Leak at Credit Union Place in 2011. People still sick.

  • billy
    January 05, 2013 - 07:18 I wonder whom she knew to get where she is.......nepotism is alive and well on the island............especially Summerside with Cletus running the show

  • Little to late
    January 05, 2013 - 06:14

    This comes about 15 yrs to late, with an individual such as this, all the coverups like the Griffin Fiasco, Concert Fiasco than the arranged cover up of the Hopping Report just to mention a couple, just may have been handled the right and honest way. Good luck Lorri Laughlin, you have four honest Councillors to deal with, be very careful of the gang of five.

  • John W.A. Curtis
    January 04, 2013 - 20:30

    The province has to reduce the civil service, Summerside hires people we don't need. Summerside stops getting sued , Summerside won't need a communication officer

  • gary naylor
    January 04, 2013 - 20:27

    A good spot for Lorri to begin would be for her to release the whole Hopping Report. If she does not the public would be free to view her ,infuture ,as a " spin doctor'.