Chris Floore, spokesman for Bibb County public schools since 2006, is moving from the board of education to Macon City Hall on Jan. 4.
As city director of external affairs, he will be the permanent replacement for Mayor Robert Reichert’s interim spokesman Clay Murphey.
Floore said he’s seen Macon make considerable progress during the four years of Reichert’s administration and wants to aid in continuing that during the mayor’s second term.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of that team,” Floore said.
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He’s a Lexington, Ky., native who grew up in Charleston, S.C., according to the announcement.
Murphey, a developer by trade, became Reichert’s interim spokesman in April when longtime External Affairs Director Andrew Blascovich took a leave of absence to work on Reichert’s re-election campaign. In October, Blascovich announced he would leave City Hall for good to become local spokesman for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
Murphey didn’t expect to remain past the Nov. 8 election, but his job got a couple of extensions. In October, he said he might stay on in some capacity to help manage projects if voters approved the special purpose local option sales tax. Bibb County voters approved the SPLOST by a 3-1 margin, and Murphey said he’s still willing to stay if Reichert wants him to.
Floore officially starts work on the same day as Murphey’s departure from the external affairs director job, but he said he plans to meet with Murphey regularly until then.
“On Jan. 4, I want to hit the ground running,” Floore said.
In a city news release, Reichert praised Murphey’s work and said he’s looking forward to Floore’s new ideas for the office.
There were 26 applicants for the full-time position, Murphey said. The job pays about $43,000 a year, according to the city budget.
The external affairs director handles intergovernmental affairs, media relations and “other special projects as directed by the mayor,” Murphey said in a news release. Reichert is considering some changes to those responsibilities but not immediately, Murphey said.
Since the external affairs director is a member of the mayor’s staff, the appointment doesn’t have to be approved by City Council, unlike department heads’ jobs, Murphey said.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.