Naperville hires new communications manager
Sun Staff March 13, 2013 9:30AM
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:16PM
The city of Naperville has announced that Linda LaCloche, who most recently served as the assistant director of the Department of Building and Zoning Services and a policy advisor to Mayor Michael B. Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, has been named Naperville’s new Communications Manager.
Her first day will be April 1.
“At a time when the city is looking to enhance communications and community outreach, Linda is absolutely the right person to lead our communications team,” Deputy City Manager Marcie Schatz said. “Her strong background working for the city of Columbus in a variety of roles over the last 12 years, coupled with her expertise in media relations and policy development, will help strengthen the Communications Division and provide outstanding leadership on critical projects like a complete city website redesign and mass notification system rollout.”
LaCloche will oversee the recently renamed Communications Division, which will consist of two communications specialists, a web content coordinator and a communications assistant. LaCloche will report to the deputy city manager.
“I am excited to bring a fresh perspective to communications at the city of Naperville,” LaCloche said. “I believe I can bring a wealth of experience to this outstanding community through my years of experience in relationship-building and media communications. There are so many crucial projects on the horizon, including the creation of solid communication policies, that I am honored to be able to assist with from inception to development to execution.”
Prior to serving as the assistant director of the Department of Building and Zoning Services for the city of Columbus, LaCloche served as a policy advisor to Coleman and held the positions of communications director and communications specialist in the Columbus Department of Development.
From 1999 to 2000 she served as communications director for the City of Falls Church, Va.; prior to that time she was employed as communications associate for the International Research & Exchange Board in Washington, D.C., and a community relations specialist for Waste Management Inc. in Chicago.
LaCloche is a native of Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from St. Xavier University in Chicago.