Saturday, August 20, 2016
It was a beautiful Southeast Roanoke sunny Saturday morning at Fire Station No. 6 on Jamison Avenue. Across the street on Dale Avenue the sun shone on a mountain themed mural that stretched well over a block.
A wall that once was a gray and dull where Dale Avenue meets Jamison Avenue was transformed into art.
The mural’s design started with the secretary for the Southeast Action Forum Nicole Harris’s Facebook post. It took off with added ideas from other Southeast neighborhood members and culminated in a mountain themed background on a bright blue sky where a windblown tree bends in the breeze as multi-colored leaves are whisked down the length of the wall.
The wall was dedic
Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist at the United States Attorney Office for the Western District of Virginia said that the Department Of Justice is in the midst of a hard hiring freeze. “When that freeze lifts the Community Outreach Coordinator position that Gwen Mason held will be advertised and filled,” he said.
McGinn emphasized that the position has not been eliminated and Mason made a choice to leave the position but was not forced to leave due to elimination of funding. He stressed “that this change in personnel is not related to the success of the program or its funding, it’s simply a personal choice by a departing employee.”
Community Outreach Coordinator Gwen Mason will resign the position on May 5 and join U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s staff as Roanoke Regional Director.
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“The Coordinator position has not been unfunded or eliminated. In fact, the Executive Office of United States Attorney’s (our regulating body) has actually extended funding for the position through the end of FY13. In addition, all indications point to this position becoming a permanent, full-time post within our district,” said McGinn.
The program was started as a pilot project three years ago and has proven successful, both here and across the country. There are dozens of community outreach coordinators in US Attorney’s Office’s throughout the nation and we fully expect to have a full-time, permanent community outreach coordinator here in the WDVA in the near future explained McGinn.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: National, Politics
Tags: DOJ, Tim_Kaine, U.S. Attorney, US_Senator