Bonnie Hirshberger, a California native with experience in emergency management, has been hired as Lake Oswego's citizen information coordinator.
Hirshberger replaces Josh Thomas, who took a position with the Port of Portland.
She will work in the Citizen Information Center at city hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Diana Smith-Bouwer is at the CIC Mondays through Wednesdays.
Hirshberger will work in the public affairs department Mondays through Wednesdays. She will develop and edit city publications such as HelloLO, brochures, press releases and communications about city projects.
She will also act as the city's liaison to activities co-sponsored by the city.
Born in the Bay Area and raised north of Sacramento, Hirshberger graduated from University of California Davis, majoring in agricultural and managerial economics.
Prior to this position, she worked for Oregon Emergency Management in Salem, where she planned and led the public communications program. This included coordinating the state's external affairs program for the recent national TOPOFF exercise.
As Waste Reduction Coordinator for Marion County Environmental Services, also in Salem, she managed business and residential programs that focused on waste prevention and recycling and represented the county on several sustainability projects.
She now lives in West Linn and in her spare time is a marathon runner.
'Lake Oswego looks like a very positive place to be,' she said. 'It's a beautiful, wonderful city to work with.'