Media Relations Manager / PIO

General Information

The Media Relations Manager/Public Information Officer is responsible for the professional, creative, and technical work involved in the dissemination of information regarding the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, both externally and internally. External communication takes on a variety of forms, but primarily consists of media releases and information contained within the Sheriff’s Office website and social media channels. Internal communication is also multi-faceted and its importance cannot be overstated. With an agency as large as the Sheriff’s Office, insuring employees are well informed of matters concerning the Office is vital.

The Media Relations Manager/Public Information Officer has the important responsibility of serving as a liaison between the community and the Sheriff's Office. We continually strive to provide this service to our citizenry with the tenets of community oriented policing as the foundation of this section.  Specifically, she is responsible for the dissemination of accurate and timely public safety information to the community through media releases, social media, and various publications. By performing this service, we serve as the conduit through which the public is made aware of matters that are of interest to our community.  Reporters and news agencies provide an essential service by distributing information to citizens in a timely fashion, especially during a time of crisis. The Director of Information/Public Information Officer helps build cooperative partnerships with the media and provide them with accurate and timely information.

The two person team which make up the Media Services Unit have many responsibilities and serves all areas of the Office. They are responsible for the development of various publications using multiple technologies for distribution on the web and in print. They update the internal and external websites promptly and efficiently. They films, edit, and produces videos for distribution within the Office, as well as for public viewing. The Media Services Unit also photographs and videos Office functions for various mediums of publication. They assists in gathering data, editing articles and composing designs for various publications to include quarterly reports, annual reports, and other publications.