Ledford takes position of Public Information Officer
by Alan Reed
Oct 17, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the October 2 meeting, the Trigg County Fiscal Court approved the appointment of High School Senior Matt Ledford as County Public Information Officer.

Ledford said that his unpaid position asks him to write press releases and answer media questions for events outside the scope of day-to-day county business. “Three fourths of the time, I will be working with the county fire departments to relieve chiefs and commanders so they will be free to do other things.” He added that he will also handle press releases for the Trigg County Rescue Squad, but the Sheriff’s Office releases their own information independently of his position.

According to Ledford, he gained experience for the position working as a volunteer fireman in the Roaring Springs Volunteer Fire Department and as a member of the WKDZ radio staff. To maintain objectivity and eliminate any appearance of favoritism, he resigned from both positions.

Ledford said that he does not believe his responsibilities as a student will interfere with his responsibilities as County PIO. “Graduating is my first responsibility, so I have to get my school work done. Carrie Utter serves as County Emergency Services Public Information Officer, so If I needed I feel like she would almost certainly assist. I work directly under the county judge, so if he needed to step in he could. He’s in charge anyway.”

Provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes would excuse Ledford from work to address county needs, but he added that he knew of no statute excusing him from school.

“I have no communications devices with me at school, so it could be an issue if a situation arises. We would handle it on a case-by-case basis. From 8-11 a.m. I would not be available, but from 11 a.m. I would be able to help. I’ve been doing this unofficially for a while, and have never been called out of school for this.”

Read more about Ledford in the new Cadiz Record.
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