Friday, December 11, 2015

Agency Spokesperson Gets Statewide Recognition

Spokesperson Of The Year Award

Mesa County, Colo. -- Emergency service public information officers from across Colorado gathered in Denver yesterday for their annual award ceremony, with recognition going to both professional spokespeople and media. Heather Benjamin, our agency's public information officer, was named the 2015 PIO of the Year, through the professional organization-- ESPIOC.

"This award symbolizes the ongoing commitment and innovation Heather brings to her work," Sheriff Matt Lewis, said. "We have long known she is skilled and deserving of this statewide recognition. We couldn't be more proud of her, and the investment she makes everyday on behalf of our community and agency!"

The anonymously submitted nomination for Heather, included, "Heather is always on the driving edge of new and innovative ideas to reach the Mesa County audience. Her social media campaigns reach an enormous demographic that parallels large market agencies. Heather is a great mentor and never turns down the opportunity to lend a helping hand or a piece of advice. Lastly, Heather has a heart of gold and a large amount of passion for her job."

Heather was hired as the Mesa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson in June 2007. since then, she has grown the job duties, and expanded the community reach for the agency through multiple outlets and social media platforms. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming.