New Hanover County appoints interim chief communications officer

Posted January 4, 2019 at 1:39 pm     Category: Communications & OutreachNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County has appointed Jessica Loeper as interim chief communications officer (CCO) following the departure of former CCO Ruth Ravitz Smith. Loeper takes this position after serving with the county’s Communications & Outreach Department for nearly three years.

“I am grateful for Ruth’s contributions to the organization and appreciate her dedication to the county over the past three years,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Ruth and Jessica have worked closely together, so our community and media partners know Jessica and the quality work she does. Her background, communication skills, and ability to build relationships will ensure our community remains informed, engaged, and connected to the county’s mission.”

The Communications & Outreach Department manages external relations for the county, including media relations, social media, web services, branding and marketing, digital productions, and NHCTV – the county’s television station.

“I want to thank our county leadership and Board of Commissioners for this opportunity,” said Loeper. “I am excited to lead the communications team, collaborate with our departments who are doing really great things, and promote the county’s mission and services to our residents.”

Learn more about the work of the Communications and Outreach Department here.


Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper

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Communications and Outreach: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 195 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7461 • Fax 910-798-7277