Boyer new PIO
Former Santa Barbara communications head takes over as Pasadena PIO
By André Coleman 04/26/2012
Former Santa Barbara Communications Director William H. Boyer has been hired as the city’s new public information officer, taking over for former city PIO Ann Erdman, who recently retired after 21 years with the city.
Although she was usually serious in her duties, Erdman sometimes took a lighthearted approach to her job, often making light of the time she was named the city’s “Minister of Truthiness” in a Pasadena Weekly story a few years back.
In his new job, Boyer will take over for Erdman (honorary titles aside) as the liaison between the city and the media.
“William brings to us a strong background in government service and public information as well as online communications, journalism and TV programming that we feel is an ideal match for the city, our residents and businesses,” City Manager Michael Beck said is a statement announcing Boyer’s hiring.
Boyer will have his challenges cut out for him. The city has downsized the public information office — which at one point had three full-time employees — to a one-person operation.
In Santa Barbara, Boyer served as the county’s chief spokesperson for emergency public information during several wildfires from 2007 to 2009 which burned hundreds of homes and forced evacuations. In 2009, he led Santa Barbara’s government television station and raised more than $250,000 for the United Way when he chaired the Employee Charitable Giving Campaign.
Boyer also served as the PIO for Roseville from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as the PIO for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.