Jeff Hood, a veteran journalist who has served as Lodi bureau chief for The Record newspaper, has been hired as a management analyst to help the city with its communications needs, City Manager Blair King said Tuesday.
Hood was hired out of a pool of 44 applicants, King said.
"Jeff stood out for his 25 years as a local reporter and his extensive knowledge of local issues," King said.
King said Hood's duties will include writing press releases for city departments, handling customer complaints, writing grant proposals and helping with city marketing efforts.
Hood, 47, will make between $52,488 and $63,799 per year. His first day will be May 21.
Hood said he's looking forward to enhancing communications between the city and its citizens.
"I've been explaining government as a reporter for many years and I see this as a continuation of that, just from another perspective," he said. "I'm committed to providing transparency in government. I'd like to help citizens understand issues and proposals before the decisions are made."
Mike Klocke, editor of The Record, said he will fill the Lodi bureau chief position but will miss Hood.
"Jeff was looking for a change and it's a big loss for us. He's been a key part of our operation for so long," Klocke said. "Not only have I worked with Jeff for a couple decades, but I've seen his family grow up."
The Record recently honored Hood with a luncheon for his 20 years of service, Klocke said. Hood started with the paper covering University of the Pacific sports, then moved to the business beat before taking over as Lodi bureau chief.
Hood lives in Galt with his wife, Mary, a Lodi elementary school teacher, and their two sons, Jacob, 10, and Aaron, 8.
News-Sentinel staff writer Layla Bohm contributed to this report.