Rapkin hired as new Aspen community relations officer | AspenTimes.com

Rapkin hired as new Aspen community relations officer

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado
Mitzi Rapkin

ASPEN – Mitzi Rapkin has been selected as the city of Aspen’s new community relations officer. Rapkin, who most recently has worked as a news director, reporter and producer at Aspen Public Radio, replaces Sally Spaulding, who left the city’s employ in early February to work for Aspen Skiing Co.

In joining the city at the end of this month, Rapkin will return to a job she previously held from 2005 to 2007.

“The education, experience and enthusiasm that Mitzi brings to the community relations position will serve her, the organization and the community well,” said Barry Crook, assistant city manager. “Her experience and writing skills as a journalist for radio, newspapers and television are great preparation for this role. Mitzi has a passion for the outdoors, environmental issues and community involvement.”

The community relations officer is responsible for a variety of duties, including generating public information materials, managing social media efforts, maintaining media relations, producing the “City Matters” series on the Community Government TV Channel and handling special projects on behalf of the City Council and city manager’s office.

Rapkin has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Aside from her previous role with the city of Aspen, she has worked as an environmental educator and in the media since 1991.

“I’m excited to rejoin the city and to spearhead its efforts to provide the public with quality and timely information and to continue its ethic of providing open communication with the citizens of Aspen,” Rapkin said.

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