David Dix, who has served as a consultant and campaign manager in all of Mayor Dyer's political races for the past 11 years, will serve as the Mayor's chief of staff and will temporarily assume the duties of Director of Communications Susan Blexrud, who is leaving the staff for the private sector on April 1.
, 45, brings a wealth of political, business and communications experience to the job.
has worked on several different democratic presidential campaigns including Senator Edward Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign.
worked on Capitol Hill for U.S.
In 1986, Dix
was elected to serve in the Oregon legislature where he
served two terms as a State Legislator from Eugene, but lost a reelection bid in 1990.
In 1992, Dix founded a political consulting and public affairs firm, Dix Communications.
In 1995, he took a leave from his political consulting practice and joined the Corporate Communications team at General Mills in Minneapolis, where he served as the director of communications.
In 1997, Dix was asked to serve as the director of communications for the President's Summit for America's future in Philadelphia, an event that brought together all of the living American presidents (Nancy Reagan represented President Reagan) to focus on children's issues.
General Mills graciously agreed to lend Dix to the Summit efforts at the request of Secretary Powell.
In 1999, Dix took a position as vice president of marketing for now defunct Internet startup, ThinkLink, in San Francisco.
During the transition, and due to budget constraints, Dix
will be compensated from a Transition Fund set up by the City of Orlando
and funded by private and corporate contributions to the City of Orlando