From Saturday's News-Leader report on the hiring of Fillmer (pardon us, Jenny Fillmer Edwards) as information officer for Greene County:
Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod said Edwards will "be the funnel through which information about the county is disseminated to the public."
"We're probably way behind the curve on this," Coonrod said, noting that most other government entities — including city hall and public schools — already have public information officers. ...
"My goal is to help Greene County residents understand the role county government plays in their lives," [Edwards] said. "I have experience anticipating what kind of questions the public wants answered and taking complicated and nuanced information and presenting it in a way the average person can understand."
As for the paper: Word has it that a new political reporter starts in early October, just in time to get thrown into the frenzied peak (and pique) of the general election campaigns. We wish her luck.