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.
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Simmons’ start date is to be determined.