Sheridan County hires new COVID-19 public information officer

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Sheridan County has utilized a portion of their CARES Act funding to hire a temporary COVID-19 public information officer.

Jennifer Graves was hired to fill the role as the county’s PIO during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graves will be the point-of-contact for pandemic-related information coming from Sheridan County and their Incident Management Team, according to a news release from the Office of the Board of County Commission.

She will work closely with Sheridan County’s Incident Management Team, Public Health officials and the community to provide timely updates regarding monitoring, contracting tracing, impacts to local businesses and government services, community resources, and best practices to prevent community spread.

Graves will relieve Lieutenant Levi Dominguez, who previously provided PIO services on behalf of the Incident Management Team in addition to his normal duties.

“We would like to thank our community for their patience while we obtained the resources we needed to communicate regularly with the public,” Sheriff Allen Thompson said. “We are excited to have Jennifer on board and to allow our staff to focus on their primary roles.”

Graves has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. She has 15 years of professional communications experience working with municipal governments and public service organizations.

Graves lives in Sheridan along with her husband John.

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