Turlington to lead communications for Say Yes Guilford

by YES! Weekly staff

Two members of the City of Greensboro City Manager’s Office leadership team are leaving the City this month. Assistant City Manager Wesley Reid is set to retire later in February, while Communications and Marketing Department Director Donnie Turlington has announced his resignation effective February 19. Reid joined the City in 1987 as a police dispatcher and worked his way through the public safety ranks, serving as an assistant city manager for public safety since 2014. Prior to that, he previously led the joint City/Guilford County Metro 9-1-1 department for 11 years and served as director of 911 emergency communications for the Greensboro police and fire departments from 1999-2003. Turlington has worked in communications for the City since 2010. He oversaw the City’s communications, Contact Center, Greensboro Television Network, and graphic services/mail room divisions. Turlington has accepted the position of director of communications for Say Yes Guilford. “I am very grateful for the many contributions that Wesley and Donnie made to the City of Greensboro and our organization,” says City Manager Jim Westmoreland. “Both of them were true public servant leaders and through their leadership and actions, significantly impacted the lives of our residents and helped to improve our organization.” With these departures, City Manager Westmoreland is working with his team to develop and implement an interim leadership transition plan to ensure the organization continues to operate effectively and efficiently and plans to advertise both positions within the next few weeks to begin the process of filling these key roles. “I am very confident in our team. We will continue to be highly responsive to all requests and providing very high quality services to our community during this time of transition,” added Westmoreland.Source – City of GreensboroSay Yes Guilford Adds Three to Leadership TeamThe leadership team of Say Yes Guilford, the nonprofit partnership that provides scholarships and support services to Guilford County Schools’ students, grew today with the addition of a Communications Director, Engagement Director, and Data and Evaluation Director. The staff members complete the leadership team of Mary Vigue, the Executive Director of Say Yes Guilford, as the organization prepares to award “last-dollar” tuition and other postsecondary scholarships to members of the Guilford County Schools’ Class of 2016. Joining Say Yes from Guilford County Schools is Keith G. Pemberton. A High Point resident and long-time school social worker, including most recently at Oak Hill Elementary School, Pemberton will take on the duties of Student and Family Service and Engagement Director. In his role, he will be responsible for creating relationships between Say Yes Guilford and Guilford County families and other key community groups.Bringing nearly 18 years of public relations and communications experience to Say Yes Guilford is Donnie Turlington, who will serve as Director of Communications. Turlington, who resides in High Point, has worked for the City of Greensboro since 2010 in a variety of communications roles, most recently serving as the director of communications and marketing. For Say Yes, he will oversee all aspects of the organization’s local communications, including strategic planning, media, social media, web, and advertising.Casey Harris joins Say Yes Guilford from the City of Durham where she has served as business services manager since October of 2012. She has over eight years of experience managing and evaluating public sector resources and performance. For Say Yes, she will oversee data management and the rollout of the student monitoring system. The trio is expected to officially start work for Say Yes later in February. “Along with the many other members and member organizations of the Say Yes Guilford partnership, I look forward to working with each of these talented and experienced individuals to support and create opportunities for students and their families,” Vigue said.Gene Chasin, the Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education’s national organization, said: “My colleagues and I are so pleased with the high caliber of the team leading the Say Yes Guilford partnership, and we know they are poised to do good and important work on behalf of the Guilford County community.”Source – Say Yes Guilford