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Snyder hires PR firm with ties to new chief of staff

Jan 23, 2016 - Detroit Free Press
Board and Executive Moves

LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder has hired the national public relations firm Mercury LLC, where the spouse of Snyder's new chief of staff is a senior vice president, to help with communications during the Flint water crisis.

The governor has also hired another communications expert, Bill Nowling, chief of staff Jarrod Agen said late Friday.

Agen's wife, Bettina Inclan-Agen, is a senior vice president in Mercury's Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., office.

Mercury has no office in Michigan.

Agen told the Free Press in a text message that "because of the extreme interest from both statewide and national media," the governor's office has hired both Mercury and Nowling, a former Snyder press secretary who also worked for former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr...