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February 4, 2014

Tim Simmons hired as chief spokesman for Wake County schools

The Wake County school system has tapped Tim Simmons, a longtime education reporter and editor at The News & Observer and most recently vice president of communications at the Wake Education Partnership, to be the new chief communications officer.

The Wake County school board hired Tim Simmons on Tuesday to be the district’s new chief communications officer, making him the main spokesman for the 153,000-student school system.

Simmons has been vice president of policy and communications for the Wake Education Partnership, a nonprofit advocacy group that has often partnered with the school system, since 2008. He was an award-winning education reporter and editor at The News & Observer from 1987 to 2008.

No salary details were announced Tuesday night. But his predecessors had been getting more than $130,000 a year. Click here to read the job posting.

Stella Shelton has been serving as interim communications chief since Cris Mulder left in March.

Simmons’ start date is to be determined.

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