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UPDATED Tacoma: City of Tacoma chief spokesman Rob McNair-Huff to leave city

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on June 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm with No Comments »
June 22, 2012 10:03 pm

UPDATED:Broadnax’s email to city staff included at bottom of post.

Original post:

Six-year City of Tacoma spokesman Rob McNair-Huff will be leaving his city post next Friday, City Manager T.C. Broadnax confirmed today.

“Rob is leaving the city,” Broadnax said. “Rob’s last day is June 29th.”

Broadnax declined to elaborate on his reason for making the personnel change, adding he plans to fill the position.

Broadnax’s decision aims “to take a different direction” with the city’s chief spokesperson’s role, McNair-Huff said.  The move isn’t being done for budget reasons, he added.

“The city manager has decided he wants to do something different with this position,” McNair-Huff said. “I know that with a new executive, that’s not unusual.  I have to respect that.”

Broadnax had offered him “a project position over the next few months to transition,” McNair-Huff added. “But I decided to tender my resignation and pursue other opportunities.”

Hired eight years ago, McNair-Huff, 45, served as the city’s chief spokesman for the past six years.  He also supervised Tacoma’s Community Relations Office, which grew from nine to 22 mostly non-general fund employees late last year under a reorganization that incorporated TV Tacoma.

McNair-Huff, who made $50.68 per hour, was paid about $114,000 last year, city records show.  When he leaves the city June 29, he’ll walk away with about 370 hours – or 45 days – of accrued paid time off.

“I will continue to be on paid leave until that balance is gone,” he said.

City spokeswoman Karrie Spitzer will assume the city’s primary spokesperson responsibilities until a permanent replacement is hired, McNair-Huff said. In the meantime, Broadnax’s assistant Nadia Chandler will supervise the office, he said.

McNair-Huff’s departure is the latest in a series of personnel changes made since Broadnax became manager in February. Earlier exits from City Hall include Deputy City Manager Rey Arellano, Finance Director Bob Biles and Community and Economic Development Director Ryan Petty.

McNair-Huff, who did freelance contract work before joining the city’s staff, said he’ll consider entrepreneurial options, while keeping his eye on job openings.

“I have no intention of leaving Tacoma,” he said.

McNair-Huff counts as highlights his work on the city’s Safe & Clean initiative, redesigning the city’s website in 2006 and creation of Tacoma’s Twitter account and social media presence.

“I’ve really enjoyed working for the city,” McNair-Huff said. “It has been an honor serving the city where I live.”


Here is the full email announcement sent by Broadnax to city staff today:

General Government Employees:
Community Relations Manager, Rob McNair-Huff has informed me that he is leaving the City of Tacoma. His last day in the office is Friday, June 29th. In the interim, Nadia Chandler, Assistant to the City Manager will be assuming direct oversight of the Community Relations Office.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Rob for his service to the City of Tacoma over the past eight years and for his many contributions and leadership within the Community Relations Office.  
Please join me in wishing Rob well.
In the Spirit of Excellence!!
T.C. Broadnax
City Manager


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