Mayor James Announces Appointments to Communications Team

December 11, 2017 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Mayor Sly James announced today the appointment of Laura Swinford as Communications Director. Swinford served as Communications Director for We Are Missouri, the campaign to repeal so-called “Right to Work,” and worked previously as Executive Director of Progress Missouri and served previously as Communications Director for Secretary of State Jason Kander. She has extensive experience in media relations, communications strategy and politics. Her first day in the Mayor’s Office will be January 8th.

In addition, Mayor James also announced Jessica Ann as Special Assistant for Communications. Ann most recently worked for Kansas City Public Television and 90.9 The Bridge, after earning her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She assumed her duties in the Mayor’s Office on November 6th.

“These two talented women will both be great assets to our team,” said Mayor Sly James. “I’m looking forward to working with them to continue telling Kansas City’s story and moving our city forward.”

“Laura and Jessica are dedicated professionals and I’m thrilled to work with them for our remaining time in office,” said Joni Wickham, Chief of Staff to Mayor James. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work our staff put in everyday and I know our new communications team will only add to the results we’ve seen so far in Mayor James’ administration.”

A complete listing of the Mayor’s staff can be found here:

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152