Ed Driscoll

Great Moments in Public Relations

“PR man hired by the city of Ferguson is fired because he was convicted of reckless homicide for shooting man dead in 2006,” the London Daily Mail reports:

A statement from St. Louis Economic Development Partnership read: ‘We have asked Elasticity, our contracted communications firm, to release Devin James from his subcontractor role, due to a lack of transparency. 

‘While we admire his personal growth from difficult circumstances and commend him for his high quality work in Ferguson, it was the lack of information about his background that prompted us to make this move. 

‘Mr. James failed to inform us of his prior conviction. 

‘He also did not reveal this information to Elasticity when he was hired as a subcontractor. 

‘As of today, we are developing new vendor due diligence policies which we believe will prevent similar incidents in the future.’

At this point, presumably the Ferguson City Hall has “As of today, we are developing new FILL IN BLANK HERE policies which we believe will prevent similar incidents in the future” on a macro for its press releases.