Steve Stone is a Captain with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department where he currently serves as the Public Information Officer/Spokesperson. Captain Stone’s responsibilities include gathering facts and distributing them to the media. He is responsible for organizing special events such as news conferences and awards ceremonies. Maintaining a social media presence is also a part of Captain Stone’s duties.
As the job title suggests, public information officers are the public face of an organization. They plan and hold press conferences to announce major news or provide essential information in a crisis. They also decide how much information to release, answer on-the-spot questions when possible, and provide updates as developments change. Sometimes this requires the PIO to travel to a crisis or event site without advance notice. They must coordinate details with staff and superiors there and present the information clearly and calmly to the public and news media.
Captain Stone has been a police officer for over 27 years and served in the Confinement Division, Civil Division, Vice and Narcotics, Warrants Division, and Administration.