Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum confirmed late Friday that Ms. Davis was no longer employed by the town. She gave no details, though she said press release about the matter would be issued on Monday.
Ms. Blobaum also sent an internal email to town employees and officials earlier in the day. It also had limited information, saying only that Ms. Davis “is no longer working for the town as Public Information Officer.”
Other town employees expressed surprise on Friday at the news. It was the second time in two years that a communications director has departed abruptly from Davidson Town Hall.
When she was hired in 2010, Ms. Davis became the town’s first full-time public information officer. She took over and expanded the job that had been held by a part-time predecessor who was laid off in a Town Hall restructuring in 2010.
During her 21 months in the job, Ms. Davis oversaw big changes in town communications, including an overhaul of the town website, introduction of several additional town-related sites (including tourism and calendar sites), and wrote hundreds of announcements on all aspects of town government, as well as the MI-Connection Communications System. She led the town’s into social media, including Facebook and Twitter. She also oversaw the popular Civics 101 citizen education program the past two winters.
Ms. Davis is a former newspaper reporter in Mooresville who has a master’s degree in creative writing from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She and her husband live in China Grove, and are expecting their first child.