Vancouver hires new communications chief

first_imgThe city of Vancouver’s new communications manager will start Monday.Carol Bua, who has worked in the same role for Tidewater since 2009, was hired by City Manager Eric Holmes to replace Barbara Ayers, whose last day was April 30. Ayers resigned to relocate back to the Columbia River Gorge, where she planned to pursue freelance writing and a publishing career, said Suzi Hagstrom, the city’s human resources director.Ayers was earning $101,316 a year. Bua, 50, will start at $100,008 annually, Hagstrom said. The job posting attracted 135 applicants. Five candidates were invited to participate in interviews with panels of other communication specialists in the community along with city employees. Bua and two other finalists were then interviewed by Holmes.Bua grew up in Seattle and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Oregon. She started her career in Los Angeles, working for five years in marketing for MGM/United Artists and RCA Records/BMG Music then a dozen years as director of marketing and communications for an entertainment company owned by musician Henry Rollins.last_img