Jan. 11, 2024
City of Pensacola Selects Jason Wheeler as Public Information Officer
City of Pensacola Mayor D.C. Reeves announced the hire of Jason Wheeler as Public Information and Strategic Communications Officer. Wheeler will serve as the official spokesperson for the city while leading the municipality’s strategic communications initiatives.
Wheeler comes to Pensacola after serving more than eight years as the Coordinator of Communications for Flagler County Schools, located on the east coast of Florida. In his role with the school district, he helped lead communication efforts through three hurricanes/tropical storms and the COVID-19 pandemic — including the shutdown and eventual reopening of the district.
“From day one, I’ve stressed communication is paramount to telling our city’s story,” Mayor Reeves said. “Jason’s background is ideal in helping us effectively share with all our stakeholders what we’re trying to do here. He understands much of this lies beyond the walls of City Hall.”
Prior to his role of Coordinator of Communications with Flagler County Schools, Wheeler was a television journalist for 17 years — working in newsrooms in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Augusta, Georgia; Mobile, Alabama; and Orlando, Florida.
Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he majored in Telecommunication and Film as well as Political Science. He’s also an Army veteran, serving as an Army Musician at Fort Benning, Georgia. He’s a current National School Public Relations Association member and has completed Advanced Public Information Officer training with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
As Public Information and Strategic Communications Officer, Wheeler will work under the direction of City Administrator Kerrith Fiddler and Mayor Reeves to lead the Public Information Office, develop communication strategy, and unify city branding and messaging.
“I am excited to lead the communication efforts of this growing city,” Wheeler said. “There are so many great stories ready to be told and amazing people to highlight. We will do all we can to show people that Pensacola is one of the best communities to live, work and play.”