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Thursday, April 27, 2017


Phone: 757-890-3300   TDD: 757-890-3621 

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER

Paula Hersh, Public Affairs ManagerPaula Hersh, Public Affairs Manager, oversees the Division responsible for external communications, focusing on the Board of Supervisor’s Strategic Priority for effective communication and civic engagement. Using the County’s various communications platforms, she and her staff handle the County’s messaging, branding and public information responsibilities. Staying current on communications best practices, the Division’s goal is to continually improve information flow in an effort to engage and inform York County residents about County operations, programs, services and events. 

Ms. Hersh has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. She brings 30 years of media marketing, programming and branding experience to York County. Her career includes serving as District Promotions Manager for Continental Cablevision (including York County), followed by Sr. Management positions with The Golf Channel in Orlando, WWBT /NBC12 in Richmond and most recently as Administrator of Communications and Video Services for the City of Newport News/General Manager, Newport News TV. 

Call me at 757-890-3324 or Email Me

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

Gail Whittaker, Public Information OfficerGail Whittaker, Public Information Officer, works to share important county information with citizens and visitors by issuing a variety of press releases to local news media, appearing on the county’s cable television channel, and producing the county’s quarterly newsletter, “Citizen News.” In addition, the Public Information Office phone number is the main number for citizens to use when they have a question or concern. As a result, the office receives and responds to hundreds of phone calls each week covering a variety of topics. 

Ms. Whittaker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Christopher Newport University and her Master’s in English/Professional Writing from Old Dominion University. She was hired in 1992 to work in the county’s Public Information Office where she has remained throughout her employment.

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VIDEO SERVICES

Randy Williford, Video Services Manager

Randy Williford, Video Services Manager, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the York County Government and School Division video facility and production operations, including technical support for various County and School departments. This includes the TV channels WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and YCSD-TV (Cox 47, Verizon 39). Video Services manages the County Government’s and School Division’s YouTube channels and live and on-demand streaming of meetings.  Mr. Williford serves as the liaison for cable TV issues for the County.  

Mr. Williford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering and Video Production from Old Dominion University.  He has an Advanced Certificate in Television Production from the Center from the Media Arts in New York City and advanced certifications from Avid Editing Systems and Maine Media Workshops.

Call me at 757-890-3312 or Email Me

WEBMASTER

JoAnn R. Mewborn, Webmaster


JoAnn Mewborn, Webmaster, is responsible for the architecture, layout, day to day administration, and management of York County's government, economic development and tourism websites. Ms. Mewborn works across County departments and stakeholders to ensure the most up to date, relevant and accurate information residents need is posted and accessible online. Her role is not only to manage the information but to also make sure that yorkcounty.gov is easily navigable by our citizens and reflects York County's sense of community and beauty. 

Ms. Mewborn began her employment in the county’s Public Information Office in 2002 where she began developing her website skills.  In 2007, she joined the Planning Division as Planning Assistant before being named Webmaster in 2012.  Ms. Mewborn is trained in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS).

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