County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Libby Catalinich as the next Director of Communications. The first day on the job for Catalinich will be Feb. 8, with confirmation by the County Council to follow.
Catalinich will leave her positon as Senior Advisor for JayRay Marketing in Tacoma to assume the role of Director of Communications. Prior to JayRay, Catalinich served as the Director of Corporate Communications for REI and Senior Vice President of Public Relations for Washington Mutual.
Executive McCarthy cited Catalinich’s experience as the deciding factor for her selection.
“Libby is an executive leader with a three-decade track record of managing highly successful external and internal communications. I was impressed by her private sector background, professionalism and her eagerness to take on a new challenge.”
Catalinich will take over for acting Director of Communications Ron Klein who will move to the office next door and continue as the acting Deputy County Executive.
“Having Ron nearby is a major plus,” said McCarthy. “The Communications Director is a hands-on job with many responsibilities including managing the county’s website, communicating with the media, supporting all branches of county government and providing information to the public about county services. Having Ron here as the Deputy Executive will help Libby transition smoothly into this incredibly important job.”
Ronald Klein, Pierce County Communications director