Nutter Communications Director Returns From Obama Camp

Desiree Peterkin-Bell, who served as Mayor Nutter's director of communications before leaving this summer for a post with the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania, will return to the administration later this month.

She will resume her previous duties, which included long term planning of the mayor's communications strategy and managing the city's social media presence.

Here is a portion of a news release announcing her return:

“I am very pleased that Desiree Peterkin-Bell has agreed to my request to return to the Administration and I look forward to her continuing the excellent work that she achieved during her almost two years of public service here in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “Philadelphia faces significant opportunities and challenges in the coming years, and Desiree will play a major role as a senior advisor helping move the city forward as we communicate in the areas of public safety, job creation, improving educational performance and making local government more efficient and transparent.”

Ms. Peterkin-Bell, who will assume her duties on Nov. 19 at the same salary level as before, said, “My passion has always been public service and I've always been driven by purpose and not position. I am very much looking forward to continuing in the purpose that led me back to Philadelphia in the first place. I've had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Senior Advisor for President Barack Obama's historic reelection efforts for the Keystone state. It was an amazing experience. I am honored to again serve Mayor Nutter, his administration and the citizens of the City of Philadelphia.”

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