The city has a new public information officer, Carissa Higginbotham, who joined the city staff Jan. 16.
Before coming to Tracy, Higginbotham spent four years with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District as the clerk of the board and deputy public information officer.
Earlier, she worked in Ceres for 11 years, serving as an executive assistant and public information officer for the police and fire departments and supporting the acting city manager. She also worked as a communications assistant and relay operator for the California Relay Service, a telephone access program that serves deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled residents.
Higginbotham’s training includes media relations and records certification from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and public records act certification from the California Peace Officers Association. She has associate degrees in behavioral science and general studies with an emphasis in the humanities.
She is from Turlock and enjoys concerts, reading, yoga, the beach and stand-up paddleboarding.