Kelsey Petrosky says that Havelock reminds her of what it was like to live in Manhattan.
Manhattan, Kansas, that is.
“The Little Apple” is where she got her undergraduate degree in public relations from Kansas State University.
Petrosky has been hired as the new special projects/communications coordinator for Havelock.
The Wichita, Kansas, native came to Havelock six months ago with her Marine husband, Lt. Daniel Petrosky, a mission commander with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 at Cherry Point.
Petrosky also earned a law degree from the University of Kansas and has previously worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation and other state agencies in Kansas.
“I’ve always been interested in public service,” Petrosky said. “Even in going to law school, that was more the area that I wanted to get into and the area that I have worked in more.”
She is filling the position that was vacated in March when Diane Miller resigned her position to become the city manager in Oriental.
“I saw this job open up so I thought it was a good combination of both of my degrees in dealing with the public information side and public relations, and also the special project things would be helpful to have a solid writing and research background, both things that I got from law school,” Petrosky said.
Petrosky’s first day on the job was June 12.
“I’m still getting my feet wet and learning, meeting department heads and developing relationships with the community,” she said. “I’m excited to get more involved.”
Petrosky will be handling the city’s community Brownfields grant and helping administer the city’s safety program as well as handling special administrative projects assisting various city departments.
A large part of her job will be keeping residents informed by issuing notices through social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as through the city’s newly revamped website.
Petrosky said social media would be a valuable tool.
“It allows you to get information out quickly to anyone, whether it is a weather situation or emergency,” she said. “When the city gives me permission, I can send the information out immediately and directly and have it be on display for a number of citizens. That’s a very useful resource in that sense, and it is also very useful to let people know about what’s happening in the community with the different events, like the Freedom Festival coming up.”
One of the more interesting parts of her job will be assisting in the transition of city employees from the old city hall to the new one in September.
The new $1.8 million city hall is currently under construction adjacent to the current building.
“I’m excited to be in it at the beginning,” she said. “I did the walkthrough last week and it looks great and I think everyone is excited to be getting in there.”
Being the wife of a Marine, Petrosky said her experience should serve her well in Havelock, a city with a strong connection to the military.
“I do think that having a background in the military and being able to understand what it is like moving to a new community will be an asset and also just being able to understand the military community and how it functions in general and even just things like the lingo and the terms and having a grasp of that,” she said. “I think it’s definitely helpful.”
She said Havelock is obviously a community that cares about its people.
“I’m excited to be working here,” she said. “Everyone here has been incredibly friendly and welcoming and I look forward to becoming more a part of the community. It reminds me of my hometown some, which is where I lived and went to school.”
To welcome her to Havelock or just inquire about city business, residents can reach Petrosky at Havelock City Hall by calling 463-7171 or emailing her at KPetrosky@havelocknc.us.