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Last updated: Sat. Oct. 30, 2010 - 10:25 am EDT

Fort Wayne's director of public information resigns

Also, mayor's office hires new public information officer.

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Fort Wayne's director of public information has left his post with the city only two weeks after the newest public information officer joined Mayor Tom Henry's staff.

Joe Fox was hired in June as the city's public information director. He was a familiar face in Fort Wayne, because he managed Henry's 2007 victory over Republican Matt Kelty in the mayoral race.

In a statement announcing Fox's resignation, Henry's office said: “Fox's resignation was precipitated by personal obligations and is effective immediately. He is returning to Massachusetts to be with his family at an important time for them. He expressed regret at not being able to fulfill his commitment to the Mayor and the administration, but at this time, his family takes top priority.”

At the same time, the mayor's office announced hiring Liesl Marelli as a public information officer, although she has been on the job for about two weeks. Marelli served in the Army for nine years. During her military service, she served as a public affairs officer. Marelli said her duties in the military included taking photos, writing stories and helping civilian journalists “embedded” in U.S. military units. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology.

The mayor's office said it will develop a search process soon to fill the position that Fox left.


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