South Charlotte

Matthews hires new communications officer

Jen Thompson will become the communications director for the town of Matthews on Dec. 1.

“We are excited to have a person who is passionate about information-sharing and engaging with the citizenry,” said Matthews Town Manger Hazen Blodgett. “Jen is the right person for our organization and will be an asset to this community.”

For the past 10 years, Thompson has worked as the communications officer for the N.C. Department of Transportation. She served as the primary media contact in Division 10, which includes Mecklenburg and four surrounding counties.

Prior to her work with N.C. DOT, she spent nine years working in television and radio in Charlotte as a producer and delivering news and traffic reports.

In her new position in Matthews, Thompson will oversee the town’s public communications and marketing program and will serve as Matthews’ primary spokeswoman. She also will be responsible for the town’s website, branding and way-finding initiatives.

A native of Westfield, N.J., Thompson graduated from Barton College in Wilson with a degree in communications. She is active in the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers.

Thompson said she is excited about her move to Matthews.

Her position with N.C. DOT “has been a fantastic experience, working with a lot of people who love what they do, but I feel ready to explore a new challenge,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in local government and being able to communicate their stories.”

Thompson replaces Annette Privette-Keller, who left several months ago to serve as the communications director for the city of Kannapolis.