Falls Church Spokeswoman Resigns

Falls Church city communications director Dionne C. Williams today announced her plans to pursue her doctorate in mass communications and media studies at Howard University's School of Communications. Her last day with the city is Monday.

The city news release text:
After serving as Communications Specialist for the District of Columbia Government's Chief Financial Officer, Dionne Williams joined the City in September 2000. Having worked in journalism, public relations and public affairs within the private and public sectors, she made her transition to the public service arena, focusing her interests in local government.

Since her tenure with the City, Ms. Williams revamped the image and managed the City's message of superior service delivery through communications strategies, outreach programs and promotion of the City's policies, programs and events. Ms. Williams implemented an array of effective communications tools, including The Weekly FOCUS; The WaterWatch quarterly newsletter for the City's 120,00 water customers; and the City's new online publication eFOCUS, distributed electronically biweekly to over 3,000 residents and businesses. Ms. Williams revamped the City's Web site, and established an annual student art contest for Falls Church City students to enter through the City's Annual Report, Guide to City Services and Calendar. Ms. Williams also worked to develop a strong regional presence with media, other jurisdictional public affairs staff, and regional organizations on emergency preparedness, water services, transportation, and environmental issues. During her tenure Ms. Williams simultaneously worked to obtain her Master's in Public Administration from the American University in 2003.

While serving as an adjunct faculty member for Howard University' s School of Communications for the past two years, Ms. Williams applied and secured a full scholarship and stipend to pursue her doctorate in mass communications and media studies. She expects to complete her program in 2008 and become a tenured professor.

"Dionne has built solid relationships with our media, our citizens and employees, our business leaders and our regional partners. She has done a superb job communicating all of our various initiatives, has raised the bar for the types of products we develop to educate our public, and has been an excellent counsel for senior management when working with our publics," City Manager Dan McKeever says. "Dionne has the knowledge and experience needed to educate future communicators wanted to enter into the out the public relations industry. She will make an excellent scholar and professor," he says.

Dionne Williams' last day with the City is September 19, 2005. Nicole Gobbo, Communications Specialist, will serve as Acting Communications Director during this transition.

By Steve Fehr |  September 13, 2005; 2:17 PM ET  | Category:  Government
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