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Nutter's communications director will take on bigger role

Since returning to the Nutter administration a month ago Desiree Peterkin-Bell, director of communications will also be the City Representative, Mayor Nutter announced today.

Peterkin-Bell worked briefly with President Obama's re-election campaign before rejoining the administration in November. Melanie Johnson had served as the City Representative and now will take on a new assignment as Director of Research and Marketing for major events.

Peterkin-Bell will be tasked with representing the city and the Mayor. Johnson's new job includes attracting big events like the Made in America festival that took place over the summer.

Johnson's current salary of $110,000 and Peterkin-Bell's $150,000 salary will stay the same.