Wilson Hooper, City Manager
CITY OF BREVARD NAMES REBECCA McCANN AS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
[BREVARD, N.C. February 6, 2023] – Dr. Rebecca McCann has been named the City of Brevard’s new Communications Coordinator, City Manager Wilson Hooper announced today. Her start date will be February 13, 2023.
Dr. McCann, who goes by Becky, comes to the City from the education sector, where she has experience teaching English and Humanities at the secondary and post-secondary levels. More recently, she has performed freelance editorial consulting with data science firms, summer camps, and individual clients seeking to enhance and refine their public-facing communications.
“I’m so glad Becky has agreed to join our team,” said Hooper. “Her skillset fits perfectly with what we’re hoping to accomplish with the Communications Coordinator position. Her work and educational background reveal more than enough aptitude to perform the job effectively.”
Dr. McCann is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (Ph.D, 2022), the University of Virginia (M.A., 2013), and Sewanee: The University of the South (B.A., 2009).
The Communications Coordinator position is new to the City of Brevard, having been funded by the City Council for the first time in the FY22/23 budget. Its portfolio includes responsibility for content creation and maintenance of the City’s website and social media platforms, press relations, and internal communications consulting. Dr. McCann will be the primary author of all the City’s written communications and lead its strategic communications efforts. Dr. McCann will also be charged with working with Heart of Brevard, Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, and the Chamber of Commerce to promote Brevard’s brand.
The days of informing the public by posting a meeting notice on city hall’s front door are over. The availability of technology tools and their ability to deliver messages directly to the public’s figurative doorstep means that citizens’ expectations for transparency from their local government are, rightfully, high. Agencies that don’t try and meet those expectations are viewed as untrustworthy. My goal, with help from Becky and the rest of the Brevard team, is to improve the frequency, quality, and timeliness of City communications so that residents never feel like they’re in the dark.