Community Relations Staff


Leigh G. Krehling joined the City of Opelika in 2016 as the Community Relations Officer. She has more than 25 years experience in the public relations, advertising and marketing field. Leigh is a proud graduate of Auburn University ('95). She and her husband Jamie have two sons, Whitt and Gus, and a house full of animals. She is actively involved in the community: Public Relations Council of Alabama Chapter in East Alabama (member), Leadership Lee County (graduate), Citizens Police Academy (member), Opelika ArtHaus (board member) and United Way of Lee County (board member). She is a member of the National Information Officers Association where she serves on the Government Committee; as well as a member of 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association). She is also a volunteer with the Opelika Chamber of Commerce Total Resource Campaign and the Opelika City Schools.

In addition to her duties as Community Relations Officer, Leigh works with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency as a member of the Lee County Public Information Officer Task Force.  

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Celina Becton filled the role of Community Relations Coordinator for the City of Opelika in April 2022. She is from Grovehill, Alabama, and recently received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She has previous experience in municipal government and is excited to continue expanding her skills with the City of Opelika. In her free time, Celina enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Marvin, along with hiking, mountain biking and free diving.  

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