JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is turning to a trusted political adviser to run his office moving forward, a spokesperson announced on Wednesday.
Brian Hughes, one of Curry's chief political consultants, will take over as chief of staff for Curry beginning in January. Hughes fills the void created when Kerry Stewart left the post in March.
Hughes runs Meteoric Media Strategies, a consulting firm that manages messaging and branding for corporate and political clientele. A news release stated he will wrap up his business commitments by the end of the month.
Hughes has extensive experience as a policy advisor having previously worked for several members of Congress in addition to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Curry and Melissa Nelson's successful campaign for State Attorney.
In a statement, Curry extolled Hughes' experience advising him and dozens of other elected officials on public policy and communications, adding that he looked forward to Hughes joining his office in a leadership role.
"Working with me, Brian has already put a powerful imprint on our city's future," Curry stated in part. "From the pension solution to restructuring how we serve Jacksonville's children with the Kids Hope Alliance, Brian applied his strengths to benefit this great city."