“I was employed with the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency as an emergency management officer and back-up public information officer,” said Tonja Taylor, who started as Lincoln’s public relations officer Feb. 10. “This was a great experience for me to learn how communities, as well as individuals, need to work together to be prepared and how to get information out to the public. During this time I worked closely with public officials, first responders, volunteers and the general public.”
Taylor is a Federal Emergency Management Agency certified public information officer who has lived in Oxford for the past 29 years and is the mother of two girls, Tristan and Presley.
“I also worked at the Talladega Superspeedway as executive secretary for former Vice President Rick Humphrey,” she said. “I enjoyed working at the speedway. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about this community and how closely adjoining cities need to work together.”
Taylor said the twice-a-year race events are a perfect opportunity for Lincoln to promote what it has to offer.
“The adjoining cities’ populations are exploding with visitors and we can help each other grow financially,” she said. “This also builds our relationships to work together for the citizens. I am excited about the growth of Lincoln and how things have changed over the years. Lincoln has so much to offer and it is time to share this with everyone.”
Taylor said one of her tasks as public relations officer is to update and expand the City of Lincoln website and social media.
“We have a good foundation in place and now it is time to update it, make it user friendly and include useful information,” she said.
Taylor said the city’s website is a useful tool.
“With monitoring and keeping it updated, we can use this as the ‘City Information Map,’” she said. “The plan is to have information available to our citizens, as well as those looking at moving to Lincoln, visiting or just passing through.”
Taylor said she will work with the city departments to share information via Facebook and Twitter and keep a good flow of information about city events, the city calendar and city growth.
“I will work closely with the mayor and city department heads to make sure we coordinate and relay information properly,” she said. “I want to be out in the community and get input from residents and businesses. With the unlimited potential of this city, I look forward to working with the mayor, his staff and the citizens to promote the City of Lincoln.”
Lincoln Mayor Bud Kitchin said the citizens survey during the community listening sessions held last spring showed the need for better communications between the city and the public.
“Tonja interviewed for the revenue officer position, but her resume and credentials were perfectly suited for what we were looking for in a public relations officer,” he said. “We are excited about what she brings to our city.”
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