Barrick Selected for Position after Six Month Search for Candidates
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The City of Charlottesville today named Ric Barrick as the new Director of Communications completing a six-month search to fill the position. Barrick replaces Maurice Jones who left the City to be Director of Major Gifts with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Barrick has been the Interim Director of Communications since Jones left the City in October, 2005.
“Ric’s extensive background in the media and marketing made him an ideal match for the position,” said Gary O’Connell, City Manager of Charlottesville. “Ric was born, raised and educated in Charlottesville and I know that his passion and familiarity with the city will serve us well in his new position.”
Barrick most recently was News Director for the new startup television stations WCAV and WVAW in Charlottesville. Prior to coming to Charlottesville he was head of creative marketing for the American Psychological Association in Washington and a News Director at WMDT in Dover, DE/Salisbury, MD. Previous jobs included television meteorology jobs at stations in Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, and Richmond. Barrick was born in Charlottesville, attended Charlottesville High School and was a graduate of the University of Virginia.
As Director of Communications, Barrick will oversee Charlottesville’s Government Access and Public Access Stations 10, 13, and 14. The Director of Communications manages and implements the planning, design, and development of programs, and strategies necessary to communicate the City’s policy priorities and organizational goals to the general public, other public agencies and elected officials, the media, and internally to city staff. He will be responsible for recommending and implementing the City’s overall intergovernmental, media, and public affairs programs.
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