SARATOGA COUNTY – To help tell its story, county officials created a position for a director of public relations and hired who it said is an experienced professional.
In a statement Thursday, the county said it hired Christine Rush, whose role is “to increase the public’s understanding of the many offerings and public services provided by local government.”
According to the statement, Rush will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the presence of the county government departments, and the business of the Board of Supervisors in the media, on social media, and other platforms.
“This important role will ensure that Saratoga County residents are aware of where their tax dollars are being spent, understand the programs and services that are available to them, and are better informed about how the County is working on their behalf,” the statement read.
Rush has nearly two decades of public relations experience in state and local government, most recently serving as director of communications for Saratoga County Clerk Craig A. Hayner.
“Christine brings with her invaluable experience in communicating with the public on behalf of government organizations,” said Todd Kusnierz, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We’re looking forward to having her enhance and develop our communications strategy so that we can share news of the county’s works and investments with residents.”
Rush previously served in the Saratoga County Clerk’s office, the New York State Senate, and the following state agencies: Office of General Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Labor, and the Executive Chamber.
Asked about Rush’s compensation, deputy county administrator Ridge Harris was inexact. He said she would be paid “a competitive salary commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.”
The county’s contract with the Martin Group, previously Gramercy Communications, has expired. Harris said the Martin Group remains under contract on an as-needed hourly basis.
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