The city of Portland has hired a new communications director and spokeswoman.

City Manager Mark Rees announced Friday that Jessica Shumaker Grondin was hired after a nationwide search. She starts next month.

Grondin takes over for Nicole Clegg, who stepped down last October after six years as spokeswoman to take a job with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Grondin’s most recent job was as marketing manager for Pierce Atwood, a Portland law firm. Prior to that, she held posts in Boston, first as deputy director for media and public relations for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, then as director of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development and finally as spokeswoman for longtime Mayor Thomas Menino.

“I believe that Jessica’s public-sector knowledge and commitment to customer service, as well as her proficiency in social media applications and website content management, will make her a great asset to the city of Portland team. We are very excited to have her come on board,” Rees said in a statement.

Grondin, who grew up in Bangor and has a bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Massachusetts, will earn $68,000 in her new role.

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