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DeKalb County
DeKalb County

Public Information Officer (Police Department)




Decatur, GA
April 20, 2022
$57,690.00 - $89,421.00 Annually
April 22, 2022

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises and manages interaction with news media; responds to news media directly, or advises employees on responses; attends events where media is present to ensure fair and accurate coverage; writes or edits news releases; represents department as a spokesperson; and monitors news for impacts.
  • Supervises and manages interaction with public; responds to public inquiries; manages ongoing interactions such as complaints or ombudsman work; and ensures department projects the desired image to the public.
  • Creates print and online content; produces and publishes content for newsletters, brochures, flyers; monitors and creates content for social media and the department website; takes photos of staff and events; and writes or edits official department announcements, speeches, or formal letters.
  • Arranges and promotes outreach events; secures locations, dates, and sponsorship needed for community outreach events; plans activities and materials for events; recruits and supervises event volunteers; and coordinates staff and materials needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or Communication; seven years of progressively responsible experience in public relations or communications; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.POLICE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:Develop strategies and procedures for working effectively with the mediaMaintain a good working relationship with media organizations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mission, goals and objectives of a major police department
  • Experience communicating with the press and other mediaStrong knowledge of local and regional media contacts and/or proven ability to quickly develop such relationships
  • On call responsibilities (nights, weekends and some holidays)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
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