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City hires new PIO: Hampton-Harmon to make $52,670

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A graduate of Ohio State University and Gahanna Lincoln High School has been hired as the new community-affairs coordinator for the city of Whitehall.

Kristin Hampton-Harmon, 43, of Reynoldsburg, began working as the city's community-affairs coordinator July 15.

"I love it. I love being busy and interacting with people. Everyone has been welcoming," said Hampton-Harmon, who spent the first week on the job meeting department directors and other city personnel, as well as promoting the city's Food Truck Festival on July 27.

Hampton-Harmon succeeds Lindsey Wright, who left the post after moving out of Ohio.

Before applying for the on-line job posting for the Whitehall job, Hampton-Harmon most recently was employed as a part-time events coordinator for the nonprofit organization, the Entrepreneurial Institute.

The organization books guest speakers at private seminars for the employees of Fortunate 500 companies and other corporations.

The founder of Redbox is among the speakers the nonprofit books for companies who want to hear about entrepreneurial experiences.

Hampton-Harmon also worked part time as a community-relations and marketing manager for McDonald's.

From 2005 to 2008, she worked as a full-time events coordinator for Girl Scouts, Seal of Ohio, and has experience as an events coordinator, contractor or specialist for Harmony Communications, Zany Brainy and the Pregnancy Distress Center.

"This job kind of takes all the things I've done at my previous jobs and put them all into one," said Hampton-Harmon, who graduated in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, with an emphasis on public relations, from OSU.

Hampton-Harmon served 10 years in the military -- four as an enlisted private in the U.S. Army National Guard and six as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps.

As an enlisted private during her four years at OSU, she was a photojournalist and submitted work for a military-issued magazine.

While an officer in the Army ROTC, she was quartermaster and platoon leader for the 758th Maintenance Company and served in Panama and Germany.

She was a first lieutenant when she was discharged from the Army ROTC.

"It was a great experience, and I think the leadership skills I developed, and working with people and managing an army supply chain, were applicable in all my professions," she said.

Mayor Kim Maggard introduced Hampton-Harmon during the July 16 City Council meeting.

She will receive an annual salary of $52,670 plus benefits.

"(Hampton-Harmon has) many experiences under her belt" and will work with staff members to promote various activities and programs in the city, Maggard said.

Hampton-Harmon and her husband, Lloyd, have one son and one daughter.

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