City Announces Director of Public Communications

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Amarillo, TX – City Manager Jared Miller recently announced the hiring of Mary Bagwell as director of public communications and community engagement for the City of Amarillo. Bagwell officially began her duties Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“It is an honor to serve the Amarillo community during such an exciting time of growth,” Bagwell says. “Moving to Amarillo recently and having the opportunity to continue my career in public service is the perfect combination, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and be part of the team working hard toward advancing Amarillo.”

The Director of Public Communications and Community Engagement is tasked with addressing communication needs. Bagwell will serve as the City’s spokesperson and will be responsible for planning and managing all of the City’s communications, media relations, and public relations. She will direct and coordinate intergovernmental relations including local, regional, state, and federal agencies.

“I am excited to welcome Mary to Amarillo and to join our leadership team,” Miller says. “This will be a very natural transition with her extensive experience in city government and communications. As our city grows, our need to communicate our message effectively is imperative, and Mary’s proven track record will bring a new level of innovation to our office.”

Bagwell, a graduate of Texas Tech University, brings more than 2 decades of experience in municipal government and higher education. She began her career working for the City of Lubbock in a variety of roles including public health, emergency management and the city manager’s office.

After nearly a decade, she moved to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in 2004 to serve as the university’s chief of staff. Beginning in 2009, she served as executive director for communications and marketing for TTUHSC. In that position, she served as TTUHSC’s official spokesperson and led all communications and marketing efforts for the university across the state until she moved to Amarillo this summer.

In addition to her new role with the City of Amarillo, Bagwell is newly appointed to serve on the advisory committee for Heal the City and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Power of the Purse committee. She is a member of the Amarillo Area Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Fund and a graduate of Leadership America and Leadership Texas.

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