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As a city communications specialist, Rego is talk of town

Thu, Oct 4, 2012

One on One

At 25 years old, Jarred Rego is settling in as Senior Communications Specialist for the city of Colorado Springs.

Sure, he’s young, but he’s already gained the kind of experience that most people take years to amass.

He’s hosted his own radio talk show and worked as press secretary for Congressman Doug Lamborn.

Now, he works alongside other city communications staffers to bridge communication between Mayor Steve Bach’s office and the city’s residents.

Rego took some time to talk to the Business Journal about himself and his career.

How did you make your way to Colorado Springs?

I was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and through the course of my father’s Air Force career and my time in college, I have lived in Aurora, Colo.; Los Lunas, N.M.; Montgomery, Ala.; Newport, R.I.; Mildenhall, England, Lancaster, Calif., Denver, Colo., and Durham, N.H. We moved to Colorado Springs from North Dakota when I was about 6, and I have been here most of the time since.

What did you do before taking your job with the city?

In the summer of 2009, after I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, I had an interest in entering the broadcast arena. I heard from a neighbor that he knew a gentleman who, at the time, worked as a sales manager at the Citadel Broadcasting radio cluster. After interviews with the sales manager and the KVOR news director, I got a job as an overnight newscaster. I was soon producing the Richard Randall Show and, from that, was asked by management to start my own evening show.

In autumn 2010, it was suggested to me that, if I had an interest in serving and working in politics, after the 2010 midterm would be a good chance to get into a political office. This was due to the anticipated Republican landslide that would lead to openings in the offices of sitting congressmen due to staffers moving into higher positions in new offices. I applied for a job in Doug Lamborn’s office, was interviewed and began in his office in January 2010 and served as district press secretary until August 2011.

What is the most challenging thing about your new job? What’s most rewarding?

As Senior Communications Specialist, I have a particular focus on mayoral communications. This includes writing content and taking pictures for Mayor Bach’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, and website), preparing talking points for the mayor, attending events with the mayor, and interfacing with the media. I also assist my colleagues in the Communications Department with other tasks and duties as directed.

It’s rewarding to help tell the city’s story; the good things and the hard work that city staff put in every day to help make this a great place to live.

When you’re not working one might find you … ?

Spending time with my beautiful wife Micah. We’ve been married for a little more than a year. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary on Sept. 23. We met through an online dating service. She is a fantastic and amazing woman who makes me better in every way. I would not be where I am today without her support in my life.

What do you like most about Colorado Springs? What would you most like to change?

I most enjoy the people, the scenery and the climate.

I’m a big fan of the beach, so I wouldn’t mind having a big body of water nearby.

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