Brookhaven, GA, May 22 – The City of Brookhaven has retained the services of Mike Hassinger to head up the city’s Communications Department. Hassinger will coordinate getting city information out to citizens and be the liaison between the city and the public.
The Communications Department handles all media relations and public relations initiatives, including maintaining positive relationships with the media; maintaining the city’s web site and social media channels; and creating city collateral, including e-newsletters, quarterly print newsletters and brochures.
Hassinger is the owner of Apache Political, a Political Consulting firm, and a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He has prior media experience as a writer and contributor to Creative Loafing and as a reporter for the Marietta Daily Journal (MDJ). At the MDJ he covered politics and government.
Later, Hassinger held the position of Communications Director for former Fulton County Commission Chairman, Mitch Skandalakis, where he formulated and implemented public image and legislative strategies for high-profile elected officials, researched and advised the chairman on policy issues and served as the primary media contact.
As a Political Consultant, Hassinger spent four years with Landmark Communications where he consulted political candidates and developed and implemented campaign strategies. Some of his previous clients include Elaine Boyer, DeKalb Commissioner and Rebecca Chase-Williams, District 1 City Councilperson.
Councilperson Williams speaks of Mike, “Mike helped me on my campaign for city council in 2012, and did a fine job, mostly due to his experience as a reporter. I’m excited to know he’ll be helping get the city’s message out to the people who call Brookhaven home.”
Hassinger is also Assistant Editor with the Peach Pundit, which brings its readers “the latest in unfiltered, raw politics from the Peach State.” The “Pundit” covers state and local politics, as well as Georgia’s national impact as a part of the deep south electoral bloc.
“As much as I enjoyed political campaigns, I’m very excited to put that part of my business aside and focus on telling Brookhaven’s story,” Hassinger said. “Everything in the city is improving, from the better-maintained parks, to the streets getting repaired, to new sidewalks going in, to things like a top-notch police department and efforts to bring an independent charter school to Brookhaven.”
Mike can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at City Hall by calling 404.637.0500.