READING, Kan. (AP) The spokeswoman for the city of Reading since it was damaged by a May 21 tornado says she’s stepping down from the position.
Barbara Schlobohm will give up the public information job on Friday. City employees will take over the work.
Since the tornado, Reading paid Schlobohm for 35 hours of work per week, but she usually put in 50 to 60 hours.
The Emporia Gazette reports that Reading officials thought the Federal Emergency Management Agency would pay for the public information job. But the city paid Schlobohm, which it could no longer afford.
The public information officer position handles everything from coordinating relief efforts to helping the media.