Staff Changes Announced at Mayor's office, Water and Sewer Utility

(May 15, 2019) Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is pleased to announce the transfer of Communications Director Ella Johnson-Watson from the Mayor's Office to a new position at the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) and the appointment of a new communications director. Johnson-Watson will become the first Public Information Officer to work for the utility department. Noah Stubbs will take over as Communications Director.

“Ella has an extensive background in multimedia journalism, public relations and community outreach that will serve her well in her new role at the utility,” Mayor Winnecke said. “I wish Ella well and will continue to rely on her communications expertise on select city projects.”

In her role with the utility, Johnson-Watson will develop a communications program for EWSU and serve as the utility’s spokesperson and primary media contact. She will facilitate communications between multiple departments within the utility and its private contractors, helping to coordinate public meetings and announcements. She will also serve as a liaison between the utility and the general public, working closely with the utility’s Customer Service Department to understand customer needs.

“With all of the new programs and major water and sewer projects the utility is undertaking, it is vitally important to communicate accurate information as far in advance as possible to our residential and commercial customers, and to provide updates when plans and timelines change,” said Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts. “That is why we are excited to have someone of Ella’s experience and practical knowledge join our team. She will be a great asset to the utility and will serve the public well in her new job.”

Mayor Winnecke said Stubbs has been a print reporter with the Courier & Press who is knowledgeable about city government and has experience communicating with the public. He is also experienced in video production, social media and writing. Stubbs also previously worked for WEHT-TV and WFIE-TV.

“Noah is an Evansville resident who chose to stay in our community and understands how local government functions,” Mayor Winnecke said. “He will be a great asset to the Mayor’s office.”

The changes will become effective Monday, May 20, 2019. Mayor Winnecke said Johnson-Watson and Stubbs will work closely together during the transition.