JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Lenny Curry announced Brian Hughes will be his new Chief of Staff effective January 2.

Hughes comes from a public relations background. Before becoming the mayor's Chief of Staff, Hughes worked for a company called Media Strategies which focused on public relations, strategic communications, and brand management for corporate and political clients in Florida and across the nation.

He also co-founded Bold City Strategic Partners which is a public affairs consultancy in Jacksonville.

Before he went into PR and strategic communications, Hughes was a professor at universities in New York, Oregon, and New Jersey. He worked as a public policy advisor in Washington D.C. for several members of Congress. He is also a veteran of the Air Force and served in flight operations during the Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

“To me and dozens of other elected officials, Brian Hughes has been a senior advisor on important matters of public policy and communications,” said Mayor Curry. “Working with me, Brian has already put a powerful imprint on our city’s future. From the pension solution to restructuring how we serve Jacksonville’s children with the Kids Hope Alliance, Brian applied his strengths to benefit this great city. I am honored to have him join my administration in a leadership role to help manage this successful team as we continue to accomplish big things.”