Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer announced last week that he is leaving the city to serve as director of communications for the Los Angeles Community College District.
City Fire Department PIO Lisa Derderian will serve as the interim PIO while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Boyer, said City Manager Steve Mermell.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to have been Pasadena’s public information officer during the past six years and to work with all of you,” said Boyer in an email to reporters. “I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. I believe my own background as a journalist always provided me with a keen understanding of the media’s important role and needs and assisted me in responding to you.”
Boyer previously worked as a reporter at the Orange County Register and later served as the chief spokesman for emergency public information in Santa Barbara County from 2007 to 2009. During that time, hundreds of homes were burned during several wildfires.
In 2009, he led Santa Barbara’s government-owned television station and raised more than $250,000 for the United Way when he chaired the Employee Charitable Giving Campaign.
Boyer also served as the PIO for Roseville from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as the PIO for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.
Boyer said he would take some time off before starting his job as the director of communications for the LACCD.
He served as Pasadena’s PIO for six years and helped explain to the city’s press corps some of the community’s biggest crises in recent years, including the 2012 officer-involved fatal shooting of 19-year old Kendrec McDade, the $6.5 million embezzlement scandal, and most recently the violent arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Ballew, who suffered a broken leg and a bloody forehead at the hands of two Pasadena police officers.
Derderian has served as the spokesperson for the city Fire Department since 2003.
“I appreciate the city manager’s confidence in my abilities,” Derderian said. “I’ve been in public relations for over 30 years and 15 years with the city. This is a great opportunity to enhance my career in this city I live in and take great pride in serving.”