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East St. Paul and West St. Paul hire Communications Officer

Posted: November 9, 2015

 Above from left: West St. Paul Mayor Bruce Henley, Keith Borkowsky, East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart
The Rural Municipalities of East St. Paul and West St. Paul announced today they have hired Keith Borkowsky to serve as their Communications Officer. 

Borkowsky brings to the two municipalities key media and communications expertise, having worked at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly as a communications officer and as a journalist for more than 15 years. Previously, Borkowsky covered municipal politics in Brandon, the 2011 flood in western Manitoba as well as other general news and sports assignments across western Canada.

"We are excited to bring in a seasoned professional as we seek to strengthen communications with our residents,” East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart said. "Keith is a proven communicator who can help our municipalities increase the flow of information in an effective manner.” 

Earlier this year, with the assistance of a consultant, the R.M. of East St. Paul conducted a communications survey. More than 850 people participated. The first recommendation made to improve overall communications was the hiring of a part-time communications officer.  

"We reached out to our neighbours in the R.M. of West St. Paul and partnered with them,” Hart said. "That allowed us to hire for a full-time position shared between our communities. Partnerships like this one allow us to provide services our residents expect at a cost which reflects the fiscal constraints of small municipalities.”

Both municipalities were pleased to collaborate with each other to fill a need, while working together to provide a more efficient service.

"In the 21st century, residents have become accustomed to the free flow of information and want to receive timely and accurate updates from their government,” West St. Paul Mayor Bruce Henley said. "The communities of West St. Paul and East St. Paul have formed a unique partnership that is a first for the Capital Region and allows rural municipalities to have an in-house communications professional at their disposal.”

Borkowsky will split his time between the municipal offices at East St. Paul and West St. Paul.


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