Warren Montgomery’s latest hire at the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office is not a lawyer but a journalist, Lisa Frazier Page, who will start work Monday as public information officer for the agency.
She will report to Tony LeMon, head of the Civil Division for the office and first assistant DA.
“In keeping with our goal of transparency to the public and the press, we believe the employment of Ms. Page ... will help fulfill that goal,’’ LeMon said.
Page will also be responsible for responding to public records requests, he said.
Page, a Slidell resident, was most recently the north shore community news editor for nola.com. She spent nearly 17 years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post after 10 years as a writer for The Times-Picayune.
A native of Bogalusa, she received a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communications from Dillard University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is the author of six books.
Montgomery, who ran on a platform of reform, has not made wholesale personnel changes to the office that was led for 30 years by Walter Reed. But he has made a number of hires since he was sworn in last month and has plucked staff members from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Follow Sara Pagones on Twitter at @spagonesadvocat.