Surrey brings in new media head

Surrey County Council has appointed a former news ­editor of the Municipal Journal as its media manager.

Paul Marinko starts at Surrey on 3 December. He has spent the past year at Westminster City Council, where he has been a senior media officer. ‘One issue is ensuring that Surrey residents know they are receiving value for money from the county council services,’ said Marinko.

Marinko will report to head of comms Louise Footner and will be responsible for three press officers.

The council’s comms team has recently been occupied with media relations surrounding the foot and mouth outbreak. Last week, it ann­ounced an end to the surveillance zone in the county.

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