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Sequoia district spokesperson leaves for community college district role

The hire comes as the community awaits a decision on the alleged financial improprieties of its former chancellor emeritus Ron Galatolo
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Ana Maria Pulido.

Sequoia Union High School District's communications specialist, Ana Maria Pulido, has taken a similar role in the county's community college district.

Pulido, an elected member of the Ravenswood City School District board, became San Mateo County Community College District's director of public affairs on Monday (Nov. 1), she said in an email. The hire comes as the community awaits a decision on the alleged financial improprieties of its former chancellor emeritus Ron Galatolo, who was fired from his post amid a criminal investigation by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

A decision on Galatolo's case was expected at the end of October, the San Mateo Daily Journal reported.

The district has been dealing with the blowback of Galatolo's alleged actions, and recently released documents disclosed that the district continued to pay him while the DA investigated him.

SMCCCD's last public relations head Ricardo Rojo was placed on administrative leave last May after he was arrested on suspicion of sex with minors. The Almanac has reached out to the community college district about Rojo's employment status.

Replacing Pulido

Ana Maria Pulido
Ana Maria Pulido listens to public comments during a Ravenswood School District Board of Education meeting on April 26, 2018. She has taken on a new role as the director of public affairs for the San Mateo County Community College District. Photo by Adam Pardee.

The Sequoia district hired Pulido in 2018.

Last week, the Sequoia district's governing board approved the job description for the job posting for Pulido's replacement. They also decided to change the job title from communications specialist to public information officer to "better represent and focus on the true nature of the work."

The new public information officer will make between $132,415 and $152,756 or more annually, according to an EdJoin listing. Applications are due on Dec 8. Interviews are planned for Dec. 14-15. Leadership Associates is leading the search.

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