Lower Merion Has Done One Thing Right This Week: New Public Information Officer Announced

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DSC_0597Tom Walsh With Sherry Tillman and First Friday Main Line's Foodapalooza 2012

Brenda Viola leaving Lower Merion Township as Public Information Officer left a hole in a lot of ways. She is an amazing woman and did a great job.

The Township of Lower Merion has just announced her replacement (pending commissioner approval). The person is know to many, especially in Ardmore. It is Tom Walsh, a seasoned reported and writer who was most recently with AOL Patch where those who knew him can concur his talents were wasted.

At least Lower Merion Township has done something right this week. Congratulations Tom, you deserve this!

New Public Information Officer to Be Appointed by Lower Merion Township
Posted Date: 7/12/2012 4:30 PM

Lower Merion Township Manager Doug Cleland announced today that he is appointing career journalist Thomas J. Walsh to be the Township's new Public Information Officer, pending confirmation by the Township Board of Commissioners on July 18.

Walsh will report directly to Cleland, and will be responsible for developing, organizing and coordinating a comprehensive public information program, along with maximizing the production potential of the Township's Government Access Television Channel. Among other duties, he will interact directly with the media, and serve as liaison to the Township's Health Advisory Council, the Cable TV Advisory Committee, and Public Access Television and Cable franchisees (Comcast and Verizon).

Walsh has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, writer and editor, including stints at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Reno Gazette-J ournal. While at the Business Journal, he performed weekend business news reports for KYW Newsradio. Walsh has also worked for well-known Internet news outlets such as PlanPhilly.com, Knowledge@Wharton, AOL/Patch and Commercial Real Estate Direct, and has written widely for national magazines and other publications.

"Tom Walsh comes to the Township with great energy and an incredible skill set in communications, journalism and media relations," said Cleland.

He replaces Brenda Viola, who resigned in May for a career opportunity in the private sector, after serving as the Township's PIO for the past ten years.

Walsh started his career with five years on active duty as a broadcast journalist and public affairs specialist in the U.S. Navy, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Assuming confirmation, his first day as the new Public Information Officer will be July 25.

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