Julie Wantland has been named to a newly created post at the Payson Roundup.
"Wantland is assuming the duties of operations manager," publisher Richard Haddad said.
As operations manager, Wantland will oversee of a variety of departments, including classified, display and legal advertising, circulation and outside printing projects.
The change will allow the newspaper to expand its service horizons.
"I'm excited about this opportunity to grow the products of the Roundup," Wantland said. "I look forward to getting involved in civic groups and organizations.
"I also will be a sounding board for any concerns the public may have about the business side of the paper. All editorial matters are still in the hands of editor Jerry Thebado."
Wantland has worked with the Roundup for 11 years. She started as the paper's receptionist, became its classified advertising manager, stepped into the role of sales representative, served as circulation manager and most recently, for the past six years, has been the Roundup office manager and bookkeeper.
Prior to joining the Roundup staff, Wantland was customer service manager for Western Region Operations of Levelor Lorentzen window blind company, based in Scottsdale.
She also worked as a paralegal with Community Legal Services in Phoenix, serving in the government benefits department.
Wantland will become operations manager on Dec. 1.
"Payson continues to grow and with that growth, the Roundup has been growing too," Haddad said. "Promoting Julie Wantland will allow the Roundup to continue to expand its products and services beyond the traditional boundaries of a community newspaper. We're looking forward to some neat advancements that I think readers and advertisers will enjoy. It's a fun business and we're glad to be here."