It’s a sign of the times. Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is adding a position to handle new media.
Stephanie Waters will serve as Kenney’s digital director, a new position designed to work with the mayor’s social media accounts and the Office of Information Technology which handles things such as the city’s website.
“My goal is to make sure the mayor’s office is using technology to engage people, constituents in this case, and is making Jim accessible to people as much as possible,” she said. “And just helping government work better.”
When Kenney was on City Council, he was known to have some interesting interactions on Twitter. Waters said, since then, he’s toned it down.
“I think that he understood that running for mayor is a pretty big deal, and he approaches all of his communications with the respect of running for mayor entails,” she said. “He will do the same as mayor.”
Waters becomes responsible for the city’s digital footprint Monday.