The Wilson County Sheriff's Department recently welcomed Sharon Curtis-Flair as their new Public Information Officer.
Sheriff Robert Bryan said departments statewide have hired PIOs to act as a liaison between law enforcement and news outlets. "There is a need for it nowadays. You need someone who can handle a media situation, as well as social media day-to-day. I've talked to several Sheriffs who are going in the same direction," he said.
"It takes a knowledgeable person to do it, and Sharon comes highly recommended. Her background speaks for itself."
Curtis-Flair received her Bachelor of Science Degree at University of Tennessee in her native Knoxville. Her career history includes working as a photo-journalist at the Crossville Chronicle, 1981-1984; Mountain Press/Gatlinburg Times, 1984-1985; as a freelance photo-journalist, 1985-1987; Nashville Banner, 1994-1997; Planning and Assignment Editor at WSMV TV, Channel 4 News, 1994-1995; and Communication's Director for the Tennessee Attorney General's Office from 1995-present.
Bryan noted that the full-time position was added using their existing budget, without a need for additional funds.
"I will be trying to showcase the good things that the Sheriff's office does and help (reporters) navigate the state system and get the news when they need it," Curtis-Flair said. "I have a phone that can be reached in an emergency, day or night. You can get the news faster than before."
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