City hires director of communications, development

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — The city’s new director of communications and community development can’t wait to get started.


Rachel Steckler, 28, of Huntingburg will step into her new role Monday. Mayor Denny Spinner introduced his appointment to the Huntingburg Common Council at its regular semimonthly meeting Thursday.

“I attended the listening sessions and a lot of residents expressed a need for better communications with the city,” Steckler said after the meeting, referring to public forums that Spinner held last summer. “That sparked my interest right away because that’s kind of my passion.”

Steckler last worked in the communications department at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Indiana State University in 2007.

The council created the new position in March. Steckler will manage both external and internal communications as well as the city’s website.

“She’s going to be creating a brand for Huntingburg,” Spinner said. “We want to make sure we communicate that message every time we talk about the city.”

Steckler also will be the first point of contact for businesses looking to locate in Huntingburg.

“We have a lot of information about Huntingburg and she will customize the information for the person who calls and put that packet together,” Spinner said.

Spinner said that as he was mulling over the idea for the new position last year after the listening sessions, Steckler requested a meeting with him. She let him know that should such a position ever be created, she would be very interested in filling the role.

“She sold herself on her passion for communication and for Huntingburg,” he said. “She has a lot of drive and desire and that’s ideal for what we’re wanting to do here.”

Steckler said her first priority will be to dig into the communications side of her job.

“Huntingburg does so many great things,” she said. “My plan is to really first get the word out there a lot more and streamline the communication process. I want residents to know what the city is doing and where it’s going.”

Steckler, originally from Bloomington, moved to Huntingburg in 2007 when she married resident Ben Steckler. The couple has three sons.

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