On Oct. 16, interim County Manager George Wood announced Cataldo Perrone as Communications Director for Buncombe County Government, effective immediately. The Communications Director will provide oversight of the Communications Department and works to ensure that information about County news, programs, and services from our 30 departments and elected officials moves quickly and accurately to the public, employees, and news organizations. “Buncombe County has an excellent Communications Department which has won several national and statewide local government communication awards,” notes Wood. “I believe Cataldo has the creativity and ability to lead this talented team in continuing to improve our communication platforms and methods. He will be a great asset to our management team.”
Cataldo has been employed with Buncombe County for more than seven years as a Multimedia Specialist and Social Media Manager. “I have always had a passion for creative direction, branding, design, campaign development, and how all these things work together to form a communication strategy,” states Cataldo.
Cataldo is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a major in Communication Design and Brand Development. During his time at Buncombe County, he has produced 24 award-winning projects for County departments. Most notably the documentary Slave Deeds of Buncombe County that highlighted the Register of Deeds’ digitization of slave deeds records. The documentary and exhibit won seven national awards and a Silver Telly Award. The project was also selected to be on display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a national museum in Winnipeg. Another project that is gaining momentum in our community is Project Still Standing. More than 50 local businesses have joined the campaign and hosted the life-size silhouettes that share domestic violence survivors’ stories with a focus on highlighting available resources for those looking to leave abusive relationships. “Our Communications Department is extremely talented, and we are going to make a positive impact in our communities by effectively sharing the amazing resources, services, events, and news the County offers,” says Cataldo.