A New Voice For The Town Of Estes Park
Kate Rusch will serve as Public Information Officer
The Town of Estes Park has established a new position for the management of communications with the community and within the organization. Kate Rusch was selected to serve as Public Information Officer beginning on May 26, 2009.
“We are pleased to welcome Kate Rusch to the team,” said Town Administrator Jacqueline Halburnt. “The addition of the Public Information Officer position to the Town staff is a fundamental step toward comprehensive communications, and Kate’s experience with public outreach and her dedication to the Estes Park community make her ideal for the job.”
When asked to comment on her new position, Rusch offered, “I am excited to become the Town’s first Public Information Officer. My efforts will be underlined by pride in this outstanding community and the programs and services offered by the Town of Estes Park.”
Public Information Officer Rusch works directly for the Town Administrator and is responsible for developing and implementing the Town’s comprehensive Communication Plan. Using information from internal audits and community surveys, the Communication Plan will identify stakeholders in Town programs and issues, as well as their information needs and preferences, in order to refine current efforts and expand communication methods to better meet public needs.
Rusch began her service to the Town of Estes Park in January, 2007 at the Estes Park Museum. As the Museum’s Public Information Officer and Curator of Education, she developed education and outreach programs and managed public communications. Prior to her work with the Town, Rusch served as Assistant Director for the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association in Jefferson City, Missouri while completing her Master’s degree in 2006. Rusch also served as the Field Seminars Director for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in Estes Park from 2001 through 2005. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Rusch was selected for the position from a group of 69 applicants. She was among 11 semi-finalists interviewed in March by a panel including Town department directors and a local public information professional. In April, Rusch and five additional finalists were interviewed again before the decision was made.
Rusch has lived in the Estes valley for eight years. She is married to Steve Rusch, who works for the Town of Estes Park Water Department.
The community is invited to meet Public Information Officer Rusch at the next Mayor’s Coffee Chat at 8:00 a.m. on June 3 at the Estes Park Senior Center, 220 Fourth Street. Please call 970-577-3701 or visit www.estes.org for more information.