Jodi Phelps has been hired by the city to replace Kevin Arata as Fayetteville’s Corporate Communications Director which is a fancy way of saying spokesperson. Arata resigned earlier this year. Phelps will work with the news media and oversee strategic communications and marketing plans.
“I am honored by this chance to serve the community my family calls home,” Phelps said. “I look forward to working alongside City leadership and staff to ensure our residents are well-informed and engaged while we collectively work to build upon the strong foundations in place.”
The city said Phelps brings more than 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and organizational leadership. She previously worked at the University of North Carolina–Pembroke, where she served as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer since 2016. Before UNC–Pembroke, Phelps served as Action Pathways Chief Operating Officer in Fayetteville.
“We believe she knows this area well, which is one reason why she stood out,” City Manager Doug Hewett said. "I’m sure she will develop beneficial relationships amongst staff, neighbors and at all levels of government.”