Lauragail Locke has served as the City of Wichita’s Marketing Services Director since 2008. She oversees marketing, branding , social media strategic planning & execution as well as PEG channel operations. She also provides media, public relations, speech writing and event planning support. Prior to joining the City of Wichita, she spent nearly a decade as an award winning journalist at the NBC affiliates in Topeka, KS and Wichita, KS.
She launched the City of Wichita’s Facebook and Twitter sites and played a key role in the development of the City’s first social media policy, first organizational social media strategic plan and first strategic plan for City produced videos.
Lauragail also led City efforts to expand the interaction of citizens with their local government. Several years ago, she initiated the City’s first social media town hall meetings as part of the annual budget process in coordination with the Finance Department. The City will embark on its fifth year for the social media town hall meetings this summer. She and Finance staff have offered social media town hall training sessions for municipalities across Kansas.