Saturday, May 5, 2007
Ravenstahl Hires New Communications Director
Diversity Was Prime Consideration
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl hired Missy Williams of the South Side as his new Communications Director. Ms. Williams, who turned 21 last December, replaces Dick Skrinjar who has moved on to become the city’s first Bingo Czar.
Missy first came to the mayor’s attention during his celebratory trip to New York City with Penguin’s part-owner Ron Burkle. “I was very impressed with Missy at that time and my intention was to somehow utilize her many talents for the betterment of Pittsburgh,” Ravenstahl told reporters.
Insiders noted that the mayor was hoping Williams’ hire would silence those critics who complain that the Ravenstahl administration includes too few women and minorities. Ravenstahl deftly covered both of those bases as Missy is reported to be 30% African-American.