HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Sylvester has appointed seasoned communicator Mary Benton
as his press secretary, two months after she stepped into the job on an interim basis.
“To no one’s surprise, Mary adapted well to the demanding job since the
very first day and has already demonstrated her integrity, dedication
and the benefits of her experience,” the mayor said. “As a key addition
to my communications staff, she will ensure that we effectively use
every available pathway to keep the public informed about my agenda and
what the city is doing for all of its residents.”
Benton was a TV news reporter for KPRC (Channel 2) for 20 years before
joining Harris County government in 2014. She managed media relations
and public affairs at the Harris County Toll Road Authority, worked in
the precinct offices of two Harris County commissioners, and served as a
communications, education and public engagement coordinator at the
Harris County Public Health Department.
She is a member of the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society
of America, a board member of the charity Undies For Everyone, a Texas
Association of Broadcasters member, a member of the Gulf Coast Apollo
Chapter (TX) of the service organizations Links, Inc., a Texas
Association of Municipal Information Officers member and a Texas Exes
Life Member, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism
from the University of Texas at Austin.