Mary Benton newly appointed press secretary

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recently appointed Mary Benton as his press secretary. The appointment came just two months after Benton stepped into the job on an interim basis.

“To no one’s surprise, Mary adapted well to the demanding job since the very first day and has already demonstrated her integrity, dedication and the benefits of her experience,” Turner said. “As a key addition to my communications staff, she will ensure we effectively use every available pathway to keep the public informed about my agenda and what the city is doing for all of its residents.”

Benton, a seasoned communicator, was a news reporter for KPRC Channel 2 for 20 years before joining Harris County government in 2014.

She has managed media relations and public affairs at the  Harris County Toll Road Authority, worked in the precinct offices of two Harris County commissioners and served as a communications, education and public engagement coordinator at the Harris County Public Health Department.

Benton is a member of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a board member of Undies For Everyone, a member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, a member of the Gulf Coast Apollo Chapter of Links, Inc. and a member of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.

Benton earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She is now a Texas Exes Life Member.

Benton said, “I am thrilled to join Mayor Sylvester Turner’s communications team as press secretary, and the work has been nonstop since day one. After a busy day of meetings at city hall, the mayor is committed to attending various community events in the evening to meet and listen to Houstonians throughout our diverse and welcoming city. He is focused on improving the quality of life for all citizens. My job is to make sure the public and media understand his priorities, which include building a stronger Houston after Hurricane Harvey flooding, restoring the city’s financial health, public safety, economic development and much more.”

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