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Joel Fletcher

Joel Fletcher, Ad Director/General Manager of the Herald & Review

DECATUR – Joel Fletcher has been promoted to advertising director/general manager of the Herald & Review.

“I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity. We have a tremendous team of people at the Herald & Review who work together to deliver a top-shelf product every day,” said Fletcher, who has been with the newspaper since 2006.

Fletcher will retain his advertising duties, in addition to being responsible for production and operations at the Decatur plant. He also will lead the Herald & Review's involvement in the Decatur community.

He replaces Gary Sawyer, who retired after 15 years as editor of the Herald & Review. Since 2014, Sawyer served as editor and general manager.

“I am so pleased Joel agreed to accept this position,” said Julie Bechtel, publisher of the Herald & Review. “He brings so much energy to everything he does and will be a great ambassador for the Herald & Review through his community involvement.”

Fletcher moved to Decatur in 1987. He was general manager of the Cromwell Group from 1990-99 and general manager of NextMedia Group, now Neuhoff Media, before joining the Herald & Review.

“Decatur is our home. I love this community and all the positive partnerships it offers. I’m really looking forward to increasing our involvement throughout the area,” Fletcher said.

It also was announced Wednesday that Managing Editor Scott Perry will serve as interim editor. A search for Sawyer's newsroom replacement is under way.

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