Jill Rawlins has been hired on a six-month contract at the Conservative-run council.
The Daily Mail reported this morning that Rawlins has been hired on a £182,000 a year contract.
Her role is believed to involve developing a proactive approach to communications, particularly in media management.
She replaces communications director Caryl Jackson, who left on 21 May.
Rawlins previously worked as a PR manager at BT and as head of corporate affairs at Somerfield and Kwik Save.