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Nutter Names Former DN Reporter As Next Press Secretary

Mayor Nutter today named former Daily News reporter Mark McDonald as his new spokesman.

Nutter Names Former DN Reporter As Next Press Secretary

Mayor Nutter today named former Daily News reporter Mark McDonald as his new spokesman.

McDonald joined the Nutter administration as a speechwriter in 2008. He previously spent 21 years covering government for the Philadelphia Daily News, serving as the city hall bureau chief. He starts tomorrow and his salary will be $120,000, with a five percent reduction.

Doug Oliver, who has served as press secretary since Nutter took office, announced last month that he was leaving to take a senior job with the Philadelphia Gas Works.

Nutter recently also hired a communications director – a job that has been unfilled for almost a year. Desiree Peterkin Bell, who last worked for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, started in that gig last week, which pays $150,000 with a five percent reduction.
 

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