Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mesa County hires full-time Public Information Officer

Mesa County has a new full-time Public Information Officer (PIO). As of April 27, Veronica Daehn Harvey has been re-classified from the Mesa County Health Department to fill the PIO position. For some time, the County has attempted to work without having this position filled on a full-time basis. However, the Board of County Commissioners has been expressing the need for a full-time PIO for a while in order to continue the Board’s strategic emphasis on transparency to the public through more and better communication.   

Harvey comes to Mesa County Administration from the Mesa County Health Department, where she served as Communications Manager for two years. In February, she took on a dual role, serving both the Health Department and Mesa County. It was during this time that it became increasingly clear that a full-time PIO was needed.

Jeff Kuhr, Mesa County Health Department Executive Director, late last week graciously offered to allow Harvey to serve the whole County full-time rather than attempt to keep serving a dual role.

“Veronica has done a great job serving both the County and the Commissioners over the past several months,” said County Administrator Frank Whidden. “I’m thrilled to have her on board full-time.”

Harvey will focus on media relations, content development and overall promotion of Mesa County’s brand and image in her new role.  She will also oversee Mesa County’s Web site from a content perspective. She will support the Commissioners and most Mesa County departments (the Sheriff’s Office, the Health Department, the Department of Human Services and the Workforce Center have their own dedicated Public Information Officers).

Harvey has a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and spent 10 years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. She lives with her husband and children in downtown Fruita.

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