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Public Info Office wins 3 statewide awards

Post Date:06/13/2018

The City of San Angelo’s Public Information Office won three trophies, including a first-place prize, against the largest cities in the state at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers’ conference last week.

The City won first place in the Most Creative with Least Dollars marketing category for its “Cool Cat Dudes” video series. The spots feature local men talking about why they love their cats, with the tagline, “Cats … they’re not just for crazy ladies.” Since the spots began airing on the City’s social media and SATV, Suddenlink channel 17, the Animal Shelter has seen a dramatic uptick in cat adoptions.

The Public Information Office also won a second-place Award of Excellence in Public Service Announcement (Marketing). “I Love Everything about this Job” features Conner Gochenauer talking about his service as a San Angelo police officer. The San Angelo Police Department uses the 59-second video as a recruiting tool.

Shattered Dreams,” a dramatic video telling of the fatal consequences of teenage drinking and driving, won a third-place Award of Honor in the Special or One-Time Program category. “Shattered Dreams” was co-produced by City Videographer Brian Groves and Angelo State University Multimedia Specialist Brandon Whitford.

All of the awards were won in categories that included the state’s metropolitan offices. The videos can be viewed at and on SATV.

“Making engaging videos is great fun,” Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson said. “Winning awards is also great fun. But by far, the most rewarding aspect for our office is to see our work make a difference, whether that’s an increase in pet adoptions, more applicants to the police academy, or, hopefully, a teenager who makes a smart choice.”

At the conference in Georgetown, Groves spoke about innovative video efforts, and Wilson was elected treasurer of the statewide organization. As a board member, Wilson helped plan the conference and moderated two sessions.

 An affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, TAMIO provides professional development for public information officers, and promotes active cooperation and the exchange of information and ideas among its membership.