By Randy Bell
Marlee Price grew up in a small town and thought she wanted to move to a big city. She took a job at an insurance company in Jackson but grew tired of the daily commute to and from Brookhaven. And when she started looking around for a place to put down roots and raise her son, she decided that Clinton would be the perfect spot. That was nine years ago.
Now, her new job is to help promote Clinton and keep its citizens informed. The Board of Aldermen approved Price’s hiring as the City’s communications and tourism director at its meeting September 6, and she began her new duties less than a week later.
Years ago, Price had visited Clinton a few times for church events at Mississippi College.
“I always loved this little community,” she says. “It’s accessible to big things, but you still have that small town feel.”
In her new role, Price wants to focus on “engaging the community and prospects who would want to live here” and “telling the story of Clinton.”
“I would say my goal for the first few weeks in this position is to listen more than I talk. I really want to get input from every department, to figure out what their vision is and learn how I can help them communicate that vision.”
She’ll be working to revitalize the City’s website to make it easier to navigate. Price has heard complaints that people sometimes have a hard time finding what they’re looking for, and she wants to make sure that the information is easily accessible.
Price says her experience in a range of positions at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company has helped to prepare her for the new responsibilities in Clinton. She’s worked as marketing media lead, digital marketing specialist, product marketing specialist, advertising specialist, graphic designer and business analyst.
She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and an Associate of Applied Science: Graphic Design Technology from Hinds Community College.