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Salisbury spokeswoman Wilkinson resigns

SALISBURY — Karen Wilkinson, the city’s public information officer and director of communications, has resigned.
Wilkinson’s resignation became effective Dec. 30, 2011. She has been away from work since early December.
Interim City Manager Doug Paris thanked Wilkinson for her service to the city.
“Ms. Wilkinson has been a dedicated, hard-working public servant, spokesperson and community representative for the city for more than eight years,” Paris said in a press release. “The city appreciates her hard work and her desire to serve the people of this community.
“We wish her great success in whatever her next career step may be, and we are confident that she will do well.”
The city’s statement specified Wilkinson’s resignation was voluntary.
Wilkinson could not be reached for comment but said in a statement, “God has richly blessed and honored me with the opportunity to serve the wonderful citizens of Salisbury for the last 8 and a half years.”
“Salisbury’s residents are very dear to me, and I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and heartfelt prayers,” she said. “Godspeed to all.”
Paris said the city will begin searching for a replacement. Elaney Hasselmann is serving as the acting public information officer as the city conducts its search.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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