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Post parent company restructures

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., owner of the Gwinnett Daily Post, announced Monday a reorganization that changes several top positions at the company's seven newspapers.

"Today, I am announcing a restructuring of SCNI that throws out the legacy organizational chart newspapers have employed for years and replaces it with a streamlined business structure," Michael J. Gebhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer of SCNI said Monday. "The new organizational chart breaks down the geographic walls of seven different newspapers and opens our company to more opportunity to collaborate and share resources across all properties," he said.

Rather than operate as separate newspapers, Gebhart said, the lines of organization will be drawn by department such as newsroom, advertising, circulation, production and business.

As a result of the reorganization, the positions of publisher and advertising director are being eliminated at all seven SCNI newspapers.

Among the changes affecting the Gwinnett Daily Post are:

-- J.K. Murphy, publisher of the Gwinnett Daily Post, the Rockdale Citizen and the Newton Citizen will become SCNI's vice president of Content. Editors at all locations will report to Murphy. He will continue to be based in Gwinnett.

-- GDP Retail Ad Director Tangela Walton will become general sales manager at Gwinnett adding to her responsibilities the Classified advertising department for both the GDP and sister papers, the Rockdale Citizen and the Newton Citizen.

-- Gwinnett Daily Post Classified Ad Director Ken Boler will become General Sales Manager at sister paper, the Albany Herald.

-- SCNI Vice President of Advertising Bob McCray will become SCNI's VP of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for Advertising and Circulation sales.

-- Atlanta Circulation Director Thom Bell will become Corporate Circulation Director.