One thing about having a nine-year online archive of stories about Plainfield - It's easy to look stuff up.
I searched for Terry West (the public information officer whose name former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs couldn't remember at Tuesday's special meeting) and got a post about Terry West's arrival in Plainfield in April 2012. There was another one about his projected role in publicizing the annual July 4th events.
The latter drew 28 comments, which reminded me of the fact that although an Independence Day committee exists on paper, plans were often made on an ad hoc basis without the oversight the committee might have provided. We already have a minor controversy regarding the 2014 concert - a promoter came to the microphone at the May 15 council meeting to dispute the selection of the one who was approved.
But back to the need for a PIO or media director to draw positive attention to the city. It is important and is a bulwark for economic development, which involves a different set of skills. Of course, when the SRB years began, there was a roster of about 18 economic development proposals and most faded away, so there was not much need for publicity. To their credit, the council has approved a review of several past redevelopment plans and, as noted here, economic development appears to be picking up. Who will tell the story?