The City Communications Office receives and disseminates information about the City of Kansas City, Mo., government, services and programs. The office uses KCMO.gov, social media, videos, dynamic graphics and a twice-annual print magazine to help tell the City’s story. The staff works closely with City departments and the City Council to provide proactive information to residents and businesses.
Read the latest news releases.
Request city documents through the Sunshine Law (also known as the Freedom of Information Act, or FIOA).
The office also operates the City government channel, KCCG-TV2 (Channel 2), with coverage of City Council meetings, special events and original programming. Kansas City residents with cable access may watch KCCG or anyone may watch online.
The City Communications Office coordinates the emergency public information function during activations of the City’s Emergency Operations Center to disseminate potentially life-saving information to the public.
414 E. 12th St., Suite 2101
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-513-1349 | Fax: 816-513-1351
News Media Contacts
This list is intended to guide working members of the news media who need information and/or interviews related to City departments.
Please contact Chris Hernandez, director of the City Communications Office, with questions about City operations and overall issues. Chris may be reached at: Chris.Hernandez@kcmo.org, Office: 816-513-3474, Cell: 816-787-1507
An alternate email is email@example.com.
Other communications professionals and public information officers (PIO) are available as key contacts for these specific offices and departments:
Aviation Department – Joe McBride, Office: 816-243-3164, Cell: 816-719-0588
City Planning and Development – Beth Breitenstein, Office: 816-513-8829, Cell: 816-945-2560 (Development Plans, CPC and BZA Cases, Building and Zoning Violations, Historic Preservation, Area Plans, Census Data)
Fire Department – James Dean, Office: 816-513-4622, Cell: 816-805-3330
Health Department – Bill Snook, Cell: 816-719-3610
Mayor’s Office – Laura Swinford, Office: 816-513-6579
Municipal Court – Benita Jones, Office: 816-513-6711, Cell: 816-522-0167 (Court case information, courtroom camera requests, court stats, specialty courts, interviews with Municipal judges and court officials)
Neighborhoods and Housing Services – John Baccala, Office: 816-513-3202 (Code enforcement, Animal Health, trash and recycling, tow lot, Land Bank, regulated industries)
Parks and Recreation Department – Heidi Markle, Office: 816-513-7527, Cell: 816-335-5672 (Parks, community centers, boulevards and fountains)
Police Department – Media Unit: 816-234-5170
Public Works Department – Chris Hernandez (interim), Office: 816-513-3474, Cell: 816-787-1507 (Streets, sidewalks, snow removal)
KC Water – Brooke Givens, Office: 816-513-0284, Cell: 816-682-1448 (Water, wastewater, stormwater, leaf & brush, household hazardous waste, street sweeping)