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July 23, 2012

Jen Myers Quits Sun, Now Aide to the Mayor

by at 7:50 am.

Buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, ’cause Kansas is going bye-bye!”

The next few days will be frantic in the bubble. I expect the Mayor to stand stoic, with that easy confidence he puts on so well. The frantic will come from Campi’s camp. They will not know whether to shit or go blind.

Alternate diary titles: Defection Perfection, The Juice is Loose, …

Update: PRESS RELEASE Patrick Murphy announces new Mayoral Aide in City Hall

Lowell, MA –Mayor Murphy is pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer Myers, a former reporter with the Sun of Lowell, as the mayor’s new aide.

Ms. Myers is a journalism graduate of Boston University and frequent presence at neighborhood and community events.

Having covered the City Council and School Committee and our wider community in more than a decade of reporting at the Sun, Ms. Myers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position. She has received numerous awards for her journalistic work and has been a leader in the use of new media to broaden and enhance relationships within the community.

Well-respected for her fairness and objectivity, Myers will undoubtedly help the mayor’s office better serve and communicate with diverse groups of residents.

“She is conscientious, hard-working and personable. She has a tremendous amount of talent and energy, and I expect that we will work well together to contribute positively to the progress of Lowell,” remarked Mayor Patrick Murphy. “She is a great fit for the job, and a strong successor to an exemplary aide.”

“I am honored to have been chosen by Mayor Murphy to fill this position,” said Myers. “I have built many strong relationships with government, school, neighborhood, cultural and business leaders over the years that will be an asset in assisting the Mayor in moving the city forward and making it the best place to live, work and play it can be. I am very excited about this new opportunity.”

Myers will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Army Captain Greg W. Page, who will pursue an MBA degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management this fall.

Page nevertheless expects to continue to contribute to the success of the Mayor’s office and remain voluntarily involved in various initiatives.

During his relatively short tenure as the Mayor’s Aide, Page worked tirelessly to establish important protocols and processes to greatly improve the organization and operation of the office. He established consistent communication between elected officials on the City Council, School Committee, and the State House delegation. He created a Mayor’s page on the city website, which he updated weekly in order to enhance the transparency of the office and the reporting of municipal news. Page also created and managed an active Twitter account for the Office of the Mayor and used the eGov notification system to great effect. Highly responsive to residents’ questions and concerns, Greg has been a pleasant and welcoming presence in City Hall.

In addition to his work in modernizing the Office of the Mayor, Page helped guide some of Mayor Murphy’s major initiatives. With Murphy, he produced the first-ever performance-based budget for the Office of the Mayor in the city’s FY2013 budget, with clear and measurable goals. He spearheaded the revival of the Sister Cities program, which aims at creating social, cultural and economic alliances with a network of cities throughout the world. He organized and contributed to discussions on how the office can assist in economic development efforts, and actively promoted the city and its events. In addition, he has advanced a number of educational and health programs that the Mayor hopes to unveil later this year, including a key partnership between the city’s two higher learning institutions and local non-profits. Most recently, Page began managing an innovative intern project aimed at educating residents about city ordinances and improving the workloads and workflow of fellow city employees.

Reflecting on his experience over the past several months, Page noted: “Working with Mayor Murphy and the City of Lowell has been a phenomenal experience. While I am leaving to pursue full-time studies, I remain enthusiastic in my support of Mayor Murphy’s initiatives and Lowell civic life in general. After putting so much work into the processes and protocols related to the office, I’m thrilled to be ‘handing the keys’ over to someone as talented as Jen. I have no doubt that she will take stock of everything going on in the office, and then raise the bar higher.”

For any questions about information contained in this press release, please contact Mayor Patrick Murphy at (978) 674-1551 or e-mail mayor@lowellma.gov .

5 Responses to “Jen Myers Quits Sun, Now Aide to the Mayor”

  1. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    I don’t think so Jack.

    Employers like Campi tend to look at employees as disposable so I think he’ll just plug in some wet behind the ears kid looking for a job out of school if he even does that!
    The newsletter long ago lost its institutional memory so they certainly are not concerned about that.

    From all accounts Jen was a decent reporter and I think she made the right move.

  2. Lynne Says:

    Wow!

    First, I would like to congratulation Jen on her new job. I wholeheartedly wish her the best!! She will do a great job, as always.

    Now that we have that out of the way…whoa. That is a seriously smart move on the part of the Mayor. I don’t think you could be more brilliant than to hire someone who a) knows where the bodies are buried at the Sun and b) knows more about local politics than just about anyone I know.

    A totally nonrookie move on Murphy’s part.

    RE what’s going on at the Sun with her leaving…look, they took her off the City Hall beat, where she was doing really awesome work. Frankly, I thought she was wasted at the Sun after that (not that SC coverage is easy, mind you). But hey, she was too good at her job, and it didn’t sit well with the agenda-driven leadership. So they “demoted” her. Or promoted her sideways. However you want to put it. I felt it was a raw move at the time.

    I’m sure Jen is good at not burning her bridges and I do not speak for her in any way, shape, or form, and I’m certain she did like her job and her coworkers and all, but I personally thought it was only a matter of time before Jen hit the road for nicer digs. Or at least, a nicer work environment. I had no idea how someone with Jen’s integrity and work ethic was able to hang on as long as she did.

  3. Lynne Says:

    And ER - not only will he likely hire some wet behind the ears type to replace her (if he replaces her at all as you mentioned) but he will do it for both the low pay he can offer, and for the ability to mold said wet-eared n00b to his agenda…

    Sound familiar…?

  4. Huh Says:

    The Sun hire an inexperienced kid who can be molded by the likes of Campanini, Caulfield and Elliott? Be real!

  5. Prince Charming Says:

    Maybe now there’s room for Rodney to officially get on the payroll.

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