TRPA hires PR liaison |

TRPA hires PR liaison

Amanda Fehd

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has added one more to their public relations ranks.

Jeff Cowen, 36, is the agency’s community liaison, a new position that answers to spokeswoman and customer service chief Julie Regan.

Cowen is a 10-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, and recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with two degrees in environmental history and journalism. Cowen is not new on the TRPA scene: He has served as an intern in the communications department since September. He described the job as a type of ombudsman.

“I’ve been brought on to enhance customer service and open channels of communication between the executive branch up here and the public,” Cowen said. “I am very excited about this job and I look forward to serving TRPA customers and the public. I finally get to do something that can make a difference.”

Cowen will be available to answer questions by phone and to attend community organization meetings.

“I’d like people to know that we are open to them, that we are not the agency we’ve been in the past,” he said. “We are working very hard to better serve, listen and educate the public about our regulations and why they exist, what we do and why we do it.”

Cowen will make $42,000 per year.

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