County hires citizen engagement specialist

Published 7:39 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Troup County Board of Commissioners welcomed the county’s new citizen engagement specialist, Rachel Camp, during its regular meeting on Thursday.

In the new position, Camp will be responsible for several community engagement initiatives in the county. She officially started work on Monday.

According to a county press release, Camp will support and improve communication to the Troup County Board of Commissioners, and “help promote and develop direct guidelines and strategies for marketing initiatives, such as the introduction and promotion of the new county logo. She will also work with other county departments to market open positions, as well as to promote county resources and events.” 

Camp is in the process of moving to Hogansville, and she said that she is excited about the opportunity to live in a quiet town that is close to the “up and coming” City of LaGrange. 

She said that she is really excited about some of the changes already underway in Troup County and plans to help some recent projects, like the rebranding, move forward smoothly.

“I am excited about coming in and being able to help with all of the changes — with the new branding and the new logo (for example),” Camp said. “Bringing positivity and light, more awareness to the county (is exciting).”

Camp hopes to create a positive, open network for resident engagement and plans to expand the county’s public outreach. She plans to increase engagement through social media, the county website and new collaborative programs.

“She started an Instagram page for the county, and she has been updating our Facebook page already,” Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley said. 

“She has been spending time with the department heads, and she is beginning to get to know our county.”

Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are already seeing some of the results of Camp’s work, but she said that the county website is next on her list.

“I’m excited about revamping social media, and the website is a huge thing that needs some work,” Camp said. “That is one of my first big projects — tackling that.”

Prior to her move to Troup County, Camp worked as a marketing coordinator for CareerSpecific in Newnan. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in English language and literature from Kennesaw State University in 2015. She is moving to the area with her husband, and the county commissioners joked with her Thursday morning, before turning serious once more.

“We are excited to have her on board, and we believe that it will definitely help us create a better rapport with the general public and help us get information out to them and to you guys (on the board of commissioners),” Mosley said. 

“She can be our liaison between the county and its citizens and the local media. We are excited to have her, and she has a lot of work ahead of her.”