Chris Poynter

Longtime mayoral spokesman Chris Poynter is leaving that position for a new communications job with the Brown-Forman Corp., according to a Friday news release from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office.

Poynter was a spokesman for Fischer’s first successful mayoral campaign in 2010, and has served as the communication director for the mayor’s office since 2011. The release stated that Poynter would now oversee public relations and partnerships for Woodford Reserve in his new position with Brown-Forman.

Fischer said in the release that Poynter “has been an invaluable strategist and leader on my team, as well as a friend.”

“From responding to media calls to planning world-class events, Chris’ talent and creativity showcased the best our city has to offer,” said Fischer. “He will be deeply missed, but I am excited for him and his new opportunity to help grow our city’s signature industry. He has built a great team, and I am confident they will continue serving Metro’s communications needs well.”

Poynter was named “Communicator of the Year” by the National Association of Government Communicators last year.

“It has been an honor serving Mayor Fischer and the people of Louisville,” Poynter said. “The city is on a tremendous trajectory, and I was honored to play a small role in that.”

Deputy communications director Jean Porter — like Poynter, a former Courier Journal reporter — will be promoted to fill Poynter’s position.

Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]