“One of my top priorities is better customer service delivery for DeKalb County,” said Ellis. “Jill will support this priority by improving the way the county communicates with more than 700,000 DeKalb County residents. I am pleased to have her on the county’s leadership team.”
Strickland Luse will direct the external and internal communications for the county including oversight of DeKalb County Television. She is also responsible for a communications team that will expand its role to provide creative and professional public relations assistance to the board of commissioners and more than a dozen departments that communicate with county businesses, employees and residents.
Strickland Luse is a respected communications strategist with proven experiences in delivering professional executive communications, crisis management and media and public relations services on behalf of corporations, elected officials and local governments.
Prior to joining the county, Strickland Luse was the chief of staff for an Atlanta City Councilmember; principal of J. Strickland Communications Co.; state press secretary for the Gore/Lieberman Presidential Campaign in Pennsylvania and deputy communications director/press secretary for the city of Atlanta.
Strickland Luse began her career as a broadcast journalist. She was a television news assignment editor and radio news reporter in Atlanta and a news anchor/reporter in Huntsville, Ala., where she earned industry awards for features, investigative and spot news reporting. She earned a bachelor’s of journalism degree from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.
Throughout the last six months, Ellis has made several new leadership appointments to support the county’s priorities in his second term. They include Police Chief Cedric Alexander, who starts April 1, Deputy Chief Operating Officer Luz Borrero, Chief of Staff Hakim Hilliard, Chief Information Officer John Matalski and Chief Operating Officer Zachery Williams.