City communications manager resigns

October 5, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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UPDATED — 3:47 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009

Doug Alder, Newcastle communications manager, has submitted his resignation. Alder’s resignation will take effect Nov. 6.

“It’s totally my decision,” Alder said regarding his resignation. “I’m just going to be moving on. I definitely had mixed emotions about it, because I love this job. It’s tough to walk away, but I’m ready to try some new things.”

John Starbard, city manager, said that due to financial constraints, he will recommend that the city not fill the position after Alder’s departure.

Starbard also said that without a communications manager, the city will not have the staff to maintain the city’s blog, Newcastle 411.

Alder said his resignation was in no way related to a recent surge of comments on the city’s blog under the Oct. 2 posting, “The Latest on the Library.”

The comments regarded both the library and the nature of the blog itself, and those who commented occasionally made personal attacks toward one another.

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