City Names New Community Relations Officer
ASPEN, CO ---- 21 MARCH 2011 ----  The city is pleased to announce it has selected Mitzi Rapkin, as its new Community Relations Officer.  Rapkin is returning to a position she previously held and resigns her post as news director of Aspen Public Radio at the end of this month.  Rapkin was selected from an extensive list of over 30 applicants and will assume the post in early-April.
“The City is very pleased that Mitzi will return to a position she held previously. The education, experience and enthusiasm that Mitzi brings to the Community Relations position will serve her, the organization and the community well.  Her experience and writing skills as a journalist for radio, newspapers and television are great preparation for this role.  Mitzi has a passion for the outdoors, environmental issues and community involvement.  She worked in this same capacity for the City of Aspen from 2005 to 2007.  We welcome Mitzi back, know she will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and look forward to working with her again,” said Barry Crook, assistant city manager.


The community relations officer for the City is responsible for generating public information materials, managing the city’s social media efforts, maintaining media relations, producing the popular “City Matters” series on the Community Government TV Channel, acting as a de facto webmaster for the City’s website, and performing special projects on behalf of the City Council and City Manager’s Office. 

Mitzi has a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.  She has worked as an environmental educator and in the media since 1991.  Besides her previous stint with the City of Aspen, her experience includes working as a news director and reporter for radio and print media in Crested Butte, serving as the Washington Correspondent for radio and TV stations in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, and most recently as news director, and a reporter and producer at Aspen Public Radio.

Ms. Rapkin looks forward to returning to her role with the City.

    “I’m excited to re-join the city and to spearhead its efforts to provide the public with quality and timely information and to continue its ethic of providing open communication with the citizens of Aspen,” Rapkin said. “I love the Roaring Fork Valley and can’t wait to again be a part of Aspen’s many challenging and innovative endeavors.”

Information: 920-5296



Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011