Jennifer Muir, the Orange County Register’s county government reporter, is moving on and taking a post with the Orange County Employees Association as its communications director.

Muir starts her new job on July 26, just two days before her 30th birthday.

“I’m really excited for an opportunity to work with OCEA,” Muir said today. “I am excited to be part of a movement … to join a movement I believe in, learn from it and grow with it.”

Muir said as communications director, she would be working on both internal and external communications helping to shape a message that advances the interests of workers across Orange County.

OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino said the labor organization was lucky to recruit Muir. He touted her talent, integrity, intelligence and enthusiasm as strengths, and said Muir would be key to the organization’s desire to increase its media and communications outreach.

She arrived at the Register in 2003 and worked a variety of beats, including cities coverage, breaking news, health and government. In 2008 she was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for her series, “The Protected,” that looked at how police officers and others use protected license plates to avoid things like tolls and traffic tickets.

While Muir said moving on to new opportunities is exciting, she has “nothing but positive memories” of her time at the Register.

“I’ve grown personally and professionally there. I’ve had some opportunities to be a part of some exciting teams with really smart people. And I’m grateful for that.”

— NORBERTO SANTANA, JR.

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