Jonathan Volzke, longtime editor at the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications in San Clemente and Dana Point, has announced he will be leaving the post next week.
The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce made the announcement today to its members. Volzke said he will be taking a position with Faubel Public Affairs, a public relations firm based out of Lake Forest.
"It was always part of my plan to transition to a new career at some point, and I know The Dispatch is in great hands with [CEO] Norb Garrett and the team at Picket Fence Media," Volzke told the .
"I'll remain a Capistrano resident, as a director of the Historical Society and hopefully be part of many exciting things happening here," Volzke said. "I've watched the team at Faubel work on several projects and I'm excited to join them on the next chapter in my life."
Volzke started covering San Juan Capistrano first for the Orange County Register. Since 2002, the Dispatch has been making a first weekly, now semimonthly appearance on driveways everywhere in town.
The Dispatch merged with the San Clemente Times in 2007, and the Dana Point Times was created in 2008, according to Volzke's biography at the Dispatch.
In addition, his popular Coffee Chats (currently held at the on Friday mornings) regularly attracts 60 or more locals to discuss the issues of the day.
Volzke said he will continue to host Coffee Chat while assuming his new duties at Faubel.
The Dispatch made the official announcement just before noon today.