Public Information Officer Position Discussed

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Pennington County Emergency Management Director, Erik Beitel is working with County Commissioners on a possible Public Information Officer Position.

Beitel asked County Commissioners Tuesday consider a position to keep the public informed in certain situations.

Language regarding responsibilities of the potential PIO has yet to be discussed by county officials but Beitel says he has some ideas of what that position may entail.

Beitel says he believes the Public Information Officer would not be a full time position, but someone who would make a statements on a large scale, allowing the many local governing bodies to speak with one voice.

No action has yet been taken on the idea of having a local Public Information Officer. Commissioners are expected to discuss the issue at a future meeting.

Beitel says in his time with the County, he has been working with various commanders at local offices to coordinate emergency situation procedures.

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