Director of the Public Relations Department & Editor
(216) 241-2630 ext. 248
John Bentley is the BLET's Director of Public Relations and also Editor of the BLET's two membership publications -- the monthly Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News and the quarterly Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Journal.
Mr. Bentley was hired by President Ron McLaughlin as Editorial Assistant of the Locomotive Engineers Journal in August of 1995. In 1997, President Clarence Monin promoted him to the position of Associate Editor for both the Journal and the monthly Locomotive Engineer Newsletter. In 1999, President Edward Dubroski promoted him to the position of Editor of the Journal and Newsletter. And effective July 1, 2013, National President Dennis R. Pierce promoted him to the position of Editor and Director of Public Relations.
Mr. Bentley's responsibilities include maintaining the news and other content on the BLET website, with a primary focus on the Daily News and News Flash sections. He also travels to the BLET's regional meetings where he serves as the Brotherhood's official photographer, and he manages the Brotherhood's collection of historic memorabilia, which dates to 1863. Mr. Bentley also works on various other BLET publications, including the annual Directory, Ties to Washington, ST Corner, and On the Right Track. As Director of Public Relations, he handles media inquiries and issues press releases as necessary.
He is a 1994 graduate of Marietta College with a degree in journalism.