Hello Assistant Chief Christensen,
I look forward to meeting you May 21.
A little bit about me:
I am a Fort Collins native, but I’ve spent the past four years as a community newspaper editor and police reporter in suburbs bordering Chicago’s West Side. I came to Chicago to attend University of Chicago.
As a reporter and editor, I’ve covered five different local suburban police departments and the Chicago Police Department.
I’ve observed the digital transition in news and official communication from press releases and phone calls to Hootsuite-managed social-media blasts. I learned about maximizing the effect of all of our platforms.
As a police reporter, I developed a respectful, trust relationship with the commanders, officers and deputy chiefs on my beat. I am the descendent of three generations of Chicago police officers, and my cousin served as Cook County Sheriff for 16 years. I understand and support the men and women on the street.
In Fort Collins, support for the police and fire departments is very strong because of the emergency responses to the High Point fires and the floods of 2014. An excellent public relations manager can help maintain and improve that level of community support and loyalty.
My goal as your public relations manager is to give timely and accurate information to the citizens and media in Fort Collins, while maintaining the integrity of investigations and the privacy of victims and persons not charged. I understand what reporters are looking for; I have covered many facets of police work, from criminal investigations to pensions. I can help the department avoid pitfalls I’ve seen in police communication.
This digital portfolio contains some of my best work pertaining to law enforcement with the Wednesday Journal family of newspapers.
You can see my resume HERE.
You can read more than 230 police beat stories I’ve written HERE http://www.oakpark.com/Community/People/Jean-Lotus/Articles/
Below are references from local police departments:
Village of Forest Park Police Chief Tom Aftanas: 708-615-6221 or 708-615-6299 firstname.lastname@example.org
Village of Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds: 708 358 5511 email@example.com