The Union, our little “community” newspaper, is experiencing more turnover. This time it is the latest publisher, Jim Hemig, who said he’s going to join his daddy’s real estate firm in Truckee. I heard this rumor earlier in the week from a well-connected local, but didn’t think much about it.
Hemig, who’d been with The Union’s Nevada-based owner Swift for much of his career, was publisher for about two years — his first stint as a publisher. Before that, it was Dave Schmall (an outsider to Swift) for a brief tenure.
Schmall is a friendly, experienced and bright guy. I still enjoy running into him in town and visiting with his wife as well. (A creep once sent me a weird packet seeking to disparage Schmall, and I just forwarded it to him with a note “Welcome to western Nevada County CA.” The criticism seemed to hinge on Schmall not being conservative enough — unlike a long line of publishers at The Union.)
Hemig is the second longtime member of Swift’s “leadership team” to depart in less than six months. Jeff Ackerman who retired at yearend after Swift sold the newspaper he worked for in Oregon.
“An announcement of the new publisher will be coming shortly,” Hemig said. Adios Jim. Adios Jeff. Next.