The communications department oversees all public communication coming from the city. That includes all web articles, publications, press releases, social media, public engagement campaigns and outreach programs. The communications department is committed to providing a direct communication channel between the city and residents, and recognizes it often serves as the lone avenue for citizens to voice their suggestions, concerns and praise for the city.
The communications department, a division of the City Manager's Office, connects and engages with residents in different ways. These include:
- The City of Lakewood website
- Social Media
- Connections newsletter
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin
- Media relations
In 2015, the City of Lakewood's Communication Division won its first National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for its #IamLakewood community imaging campaign.
A year later in 2016 the city's Lakewood Connections Magazine won first place for Most Improved Publication from NAGC's Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards.
About the Communications Manager
Brynn Grimley joined the city in February 2017 as its communications manager. Previously she worked at The News Tribune covering the cities that comprise west Pierce County, including Lakewood, and also reported on Pierce County government. Prior to working at the TNT Grimley was a multi-media journalist for the Kitsap Sun, based in Bremerton. She worked there for nearly eight years writing about city and county government operations, as well as telling the stories of Kitsap residents. Grimley graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of arts in communications with a journalism focus. She is a Washington native who loves getting outdoors, rain or shine. Contact Grimley at email@example.com, or (253) 983-7761.