City Hires New Communications Director With Local Marketing Experience


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,706)

Jessica Shumaker Grondin  has been hired by the City of Portland to serve as its Director of Communications, effective March 5, 2014.  The previously which reports to the City Manager was previously held by Nicole Clegg who resigned last September.

Ms. Grondin is a native of Bangor and holds a BA Degree in communications with a minor in political science from Regis College ind Weston, Massachusetts.  She is currently employed by Pierce Atwood LLP here in Portland as its marketing manager.

Prior to her employment with Pierce Atwood, Jessica served as a spokesperson for former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, as the director of media and pr for the city’s department neighborhood development.

“I believe that Jessica’s public sector knowledge and commitment to customer service, as well as her proficiency in social media applications and website content management will make her a great asset to the City of Portland team.  We are very excited to have her come on board,” said City Manager Mark Rees in a press release issued this afternoon.

Her salary will be $68,000  An introductory reception is planned.