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Jerry AdamsPhoto provided by CITY OF BRANSON
Jerry Adams

Photo provided by CITY OF BRANSON

Branson's first public information director to retire

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Jerry Adams, the city of Branson's first public information director and a KY3 veteran, is set to retire Jan. 1 after more than 17 years in the position.

Adams, 64, was hired for the Branson position in June 1994, after spending 12 years working for the news department of KY3, the last six as news director.

"It's been a very interesting, rewarding and challenging position during the past 17 and a half years with the city of Branson," Adams said. "I feel like I have been an asset in promoting the activities of city government.

"I've also enjoyed being a part of the city's tremendous growth."

The city of Branson initially brought Adams on as a contract media consultant in February 1994, when the city had a population of roughly 3,500. The city's population was 10,520 as of the 2010 Census, but the city is host to up to 70,000 visitors per day who spend roughly $2 billion a year in the area, according to the city of Branson's Web site.

Adams has worked with the city's Information Technology Department to develop and update the city's Web site, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages. He also is editor of the monthly employee newsletter City Scene.

Adams also developed the Citizens Service Request Line - allowing the city to more easily respond to community concerns - and coordinated the Citizens Academy, which provides information on city departments.

Adams has no immediate plans after retirement.

"It's totally my decision," he said. "I just wanted to move into that next phase of my life where you can do what you want when you want."

Adams said the city will not be filling his position. Instead, his duties will be split among Economic Development Director Garrett Anderson and the city's IT Department.  
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