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City OKs Hiring Full-Time PR Person

City Councilman Dan Gookin had a few questions on the process for hiring the public information coordinator's position. "How much of this is us (the council), and how much of this is the administration?" Gookin asked. "Is this basically we are approving this and the administration isgoing to proceed with hiring the PIO?" Tosi explained that the new position is going to be a full-time, fully benefited position and would most likely be offered to staff internally rather than posting the job to the public. "When we hired Kristina Lyman to basically be a freelancer PIO, I got several emails from people who do that who were questioning why we don't just go out and do that in the public. "Is there any opportunity for us to change that from internal and go ahead and ask for a solicitation of offers from the general public?" he asked. She said it is a contracted position right now and it would be up to the department head to decide if they want to hire internally or publicly/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here (at bottom of story).

Question: My 2 cents? The city of Coeur d'Alene would be foolish to look beyond Keith Erickson to fill the PR job. He has done a superb job as a contract PR person. He's earned the job. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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