Jonesboro communications director stepping down

Jonesboro communications director stepping down

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Mayor Harold Perrin announced Monday that his communications director is stepping down after less than a year in the job.

A news release issued from the mayor's office on Tuesday states Fritz Gisler, Communications Director for the City of Jonesboro, will resign his position effective Dec. 11.

"I have spent nearly 15 years working in government. It has been a great way to serve my community and the people," said Gisler in the release.

Perrin also said in the release, "Fritz has been a great asset in the short time he has been here. He has helped improve our communication with the public, and between our internal departments. In many ways, I feel we were just getting started. I hate to see him go, but wish him the best."

The City of Jonesboro hired Gisler on Feb. 12 after amending the City Salary and Administration Plan to add the position to the Mayor's Department. He joined the staff on March 2 at a salary of $55,416. The position was initially budgeted for $49,875, according to City Council minutes.

The note from the mayor's office confirms Gisler is moving to Louisiana and taking a position with the St. Bernard Project.

His wife, LeaAnn Van Winkle-Gisler posted on Facebook that the couple was moving to New Orleans a day before Tuesday's release.

In the public post, Van Winkle-Gisler stated, "Fritz will be working with the St. Bernard Project through Americorps helping rebuild homes for folks displaced from the hurricanes....We will be living in the city we love!"

"It is something I feel called to do. It has been an honor working for the people of Jonesboro as part of the city administration. Now I have an opportunity to help people even more directly," Gisler said in the release about making the move.

The director will "help transition current communication projects to appropriate staff" while his replacement is sought.

Perrin states he "intends to advertise to fill the position immediately."

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android