The city of Gahanna has a new communications manager.

The city of Gahanna has a new communications manager.

Carrin Wester has been hired to fill the role left vacant since the departure of public information manager Niel Jurist on March 22, 2019.

Jurist left Gahanna to become director of communications and engagement for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Wester was hired effective Jan. 2 at an annual salary of $75,000, with benefits valued at $8,867.92, for a total compensation package of $83,867.92 annually.

She worked as a paralegal over the past couple of years, with most of her communications experience in the political realm, Wester said.

She served on the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Issue 2 campaign committee in spring 2018 and handled the social-media tasks for that campaign.

The campaign was for a 1.22-mill, 30-year bond issue and a 4.28-mill continuous operating levy that voters approved on May 8, 2018.

Wester also worked on a campaign for Issue 29, a proposed city income-tax rate increase, that failed in November 2018.

She also was chairwoman of the successful Issue 12 campaign that changed the city's income-tax rate from 1.5% to 2.5% last year and handled a portion of the communications and social media for Mayor Laurie Jadwin's campaign last fall.

"I am excited about the future of Gahanna and am thrilled to be a part of Mayor Jadwin's administration," Wester said. "Mayor Jadwin is a passionate, experienced leader and is focused on transparent, accessible communication within the walls of City Hall, and externally with our residents.

"As Mayor Jadwin said last Thursday (Jan. 2), at the City Council organizational meeting, one of her priorities for 2020 is making communications a more effective part of our local government."

Wester said nothing is more important on the local level than engaging residents, making sure they are aware of relevant information, and allowing residents to have a voice in moving Gahanna forward.

"It's an exciting time for Gahanna, and I firmly believe now is a critical point in our city's history," Wester said.