Lake Worth loses its newly-hired communications specialist

Laura Tingo's stint as the city's communications specialist was short-lived. Her last day was Friday. (CONTRIBUTED)

Laura Tingo’s stint as the city’s communications specialist was short-lived. Her last day was Friday. (CONTRIBUTED)

LAKE WORTH — The city no longer has a communications specialist.

Laura Tingo‘s final day on the job was last Friday, according to Dolores Key, the city’s economic development and marketing manager.

Key declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding Tingo’s departure.

“She’s no longer with the city,” is all Key would say.

Tingo, who started July 5, did not return several phone calls for comment.

City Manager Michael Bornstein was unavailable.

Tingo, formerly the communications director for the Florida Department of Children and Families and West Palm Beach’s one time public information officer, was hired to help the city implement a better communications strategy.

“She’s more than just a spokesperson,” Key told The Palm Beach Post shortly after Tingo was hired. “We’ve been wanting to get someone on board for our social media.”

Tingo, a North Palm Beach mother of three with an extensive background in print and broadcast journalism in Florida and Illinois, said in July she wanted to examine how public information requests are handled, determine how residents get their information on social media and assess how employees communicate internally.

“It helps to be responsive and transparent,” she said at the time. “Every city has its challenges but involving the community is the way to go.”

The city said it received about 70 applications for the position, which paid $54,000 annually.

It’s not clear if the city plans to hire a replacement.