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PIO Job Duties & Responsibilites

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Comanche County 

Public Information Officer

315 SW 5th Street - Suite 107

 

Lawton, Oklahoma 73501

 

 

Job Duties & Responsibilities

 

Classification Summary:

The primary function of the public information officer (PIO) is to develop, implement and maintain an effective public information program on a countywide basis; serve as the County’s spokesperson and primary media liaison on a day-to-day basis, as well as during times of disaster and emergencies.  The PIO also develops positive press releases to the media; provides support to the Board of County Commissioners in development of newspaper columns, memos and speeches. Work includes professional application of research and writing skills, selecting news media, preparing and releasing material, and preparing various periodic and special reports.

 

 

 

Essential Functions:

The following list is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  It is intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Additional duties may be assigned.

  • Works under the direct supervision of the Emergency Management Director

  • Develops, implements, and maintains an effective public information program on a countywide basis

  • Develops press releases, columns and other materials for the media for publication

  • Provides Board of County Commissioners and other Elected Officials with support/information on issues of interest to the media

  • Develops communication plans for various County campaigns, both internally and externally

  • Acts as County’s official spokesperson with the media to provide the County’s response to issues, as well as during times of disaster and emergencies

  • Maintains County website and social media pages

  • Communicates news/issues to County employees

  • Works with Elected Officials and Department Heads on media training/advice

 

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the coordination of the Countywide Safety Program

  • Serves on various City/County committees

 

Knowledge of:

  • Current principles, techniques and objectives of public relations managers

  • Professional applications of research and writing skills

  • Media tactics, including interview techniques and preparation

  • Operation of standard office equipment and a personal computer and software applications for word processing, graphic presentations, spreadsheets, databases, information retrieval and research, and other job-related software

 

Ability to:

  • Develop creative ideas in relation to public information projects

  • Plan and organize projects and work tasks

  • Assist in the coordination of public events

  • Work independently with minimal supervision on a continual basis

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, media representatives, the public, and other interested and affected parties

  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations

  • Compile reports from a wide variety of sources and transmit data

  • Respond to citizen and media requests in a courteous and effective manner

  • Operate a motor vehicle

  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines

  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Mass Communications or related field; and two(2) to four (4) years’ experience in responsible public relations positions; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

MUST complete NIMS Courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 within the first month of employment and IS-702A, IS-706, & IS-800b and ICS 300 within first year of employment. 

MUST be willing to relocate to Comanche County, OK within six months of employment.

 

Desirable Qualifications:

Past media experience preferred.

Moderate knowledge of Information Technology skills and Microsoft Office Software.

 

Essential Physical Abilities:

Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to bend or stoop repeatedly, sit or stand for long periods of time, lift up to 20 pounds, and work in multiple environments.

 

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Comanche County District 3 Road Closure

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We're ready to close 112th Street for the following dates and locations:

 
1.       Installation of Structure #7 (Cross Drain) - Beginning at 7:00 am on October 20, 2014 -thru- 5:00 pm on October 24, 2014 we will close SW 112th Street between NW Sandy Trail Lane and SW River Bend Road.
a.       Access to NW Sandy Trail Lane, from the North on 112th Street, will not be prohibited.
b.      Access to SW River Bend Road, from the South on 112th Street, will not be prohibited.
2.       Installation of Structure #4 (Cross Drain) - Beginning at 8:00 am on October 27, 2014 -thru- 5:00 pm on October 31, 2014 we will close SW 112th Street between SW River Bend Road and NW Millcreek Road.
a.       Access to SW River Bend Road, from the North on 112th Street, will not be prohibited.  Light traffic may be able to maneuver through the subdivision as a detour; however, this detour will not be designated in the field.
b.      Access to NW Millcreek Road, from the South on 112th Street, will not be prohibited.  Light traffic may be able to maneuver through the subdivision as a detour; however, this detour will not be designated in the field.
c.       Access to the residence on the east side of 112th Street will be obtained from the North.

   
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