Communications Office Staff
WHO WE ARE
The Communications team is tasked with telling the stories of City of Victoria, Texas local government, gathering and distributing information to keep residents informed about city policies, programs, services and neighborhoods. If you want to watch your city leaders in action, but can't make it down to City Hall, we air City Council meetings, amongst other public meetings, live on TV and on the web (our website and YouTube). We are always planning and collaborating with City leaders, departments and outside organizations to make sure residents, businesses and visitors of Victoria understand what is happening in Victoria city government and how it affects their lives.
Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Sam Hankins, Communications Specialist
George Partida, Videographer
Shane Blucher, Videographer/Multimedia Specialist
Adrian Gonzalez, Digital Media Specialist
Prior to joining the City, AJ worked as a videographer and media director for multiple organizations including Triumph in Truth Ministries and The Playlist Films, where he won multiple awards including Best Music Video and Music Video of the Year. He is from Victoria, a musician and passionate about films and fitness. He is married to a beautiful wife and father to two handsome boys.
Lauren Meaux, Public Safety Community Affairs Manager
Prior to this newly restructured position, Lauren was a records supervisor for the Police Department. Now, she is a liaison between the two public safety departments – Police and Fire – and the City’s Communication & Public Affairs team. She will help support Police and Fire to ensure communication and community affairs needs are being fulfilled. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors while spending time with her family, working in the yard or exercising.
Alvesa Odom, Administrative Assistant III
Alvesa works closely with the department's director and staff to perform complex administrative work, liaise between departments, and provide guidance. Prior to working for the City, Alvesa was a ministry assistant and personal trainer. She enjoys time with her children and grandchildren, traveling with her husband, and serving in her family's church.