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Detroit — Detroit Free Press staffer Dan Austin announced Wednesday on social media that he’s joining Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration as deputy communications director.

Austin, in a post on Facebook, notes “the only thing I love more than the Detroit Free Press is the city of Detroit itself.”

“And when the mayor of that city — a mayor you believe in — taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘Hey, come help me turn around our great city,’ you say yes,” Austin wrote.

Austin wrote that he’s resigned from his job with the Free Press after nearly a decade to accept the position. He served as assistant editor for opinion digital/interactive.

“Though you likely won't see my mug gracing your TV or see me fending off my former colleagues much in print, I expect to have a hand in telling the story of Detroit’s turnaround and sharing my thoughts with the rest of the administration on how we can take that turnaround to the next level,” he wrote. “I’ll be something of a utility player: part pitcher, part catcher, some time at the hot corner. I guess you could call me the Don Kelly of the mayor's communications team.”

Austin runs HistoricDetroit.org and says the site “will continue to tell the stories behind the Motor City’s skyline.”

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