BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore Police Department spokesman is returning to the agency next week as its chief of strategic communications.

The Baltimore Sun reports Matt Jablow is rejoining the agency as part of the city's efforts to boost communication with the public. Jablow, who worked for the agency from 2003 to 2007, will be paid about $146,000 in the new position, which will not replace chief spokesman T. J. Smith.

Jablow says Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa wants him to take a "30,000-foot view of how we communicate" while Smith and his team are busy with day-to-day responsibilities. Jablow most recently worked as a news anchor in Long Island, New York. He also has worked for WBAL-TV.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com