Pete Piringer, Laurel’s communication director, is resigning and accepting a position with the Montgomery County fire department, Laurel Mayor Craig Moe announced Feb. 27.
In a statement, Moe credited Piringer with creating the city’s communications department, establishing the Laurel’s social media presence, and managing the acquisition and development of the Laurel Community Media Network cable station.
“It’s been a great experience. I think we accomplished a lot,” Piringer said. “[I have] obviously mixed emotions.”
Piringer began working for Laurel in 2012 and oversaw projects like the city’s new smartphone app called “My Laurel.”
“I think we’ve done a pretty decent job with raising the awareness about the programs and services of the city,” Piringer said. “We were able to use social media to some degree, and we’re excited to roll out the app here soon.”
Piringer previously worked for the Montgomery County fire department from 2001 to 2008 and said he will bring a fresh perspective back to the department, as well as a focus on community awareness and social media.
Kim Rau, Laurel city clerk, said she is sorry to see Piringer leave.
“I enjoyed working with him and I liked what he did with us in terms of social media,” she said.
Moe said he has already found a replacement for Piringer and will announce the name of the person within a few weeks. Piringer will continue in his role as communications director until March 21 and will assume his new position with the fire department on March 24, he said.