Golden Post Awards: 2016 Archive

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Golden Post AwardsThe 2016 Golden Post Awards are the second annual award program exclusively designed to recognize the outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies in the U.S. Thank you to ArchiveSocial as our 2016 award sponsor and to all of the individuals who took the time to submit an entry.

2016 Golden Post Winners & Finalists

The GSMCON Awards Committee reviewed over 150 entries to select finalists in seven distinct categories. First and second place winners in each category were revealed at the 2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Reno, Nevada on April 7, 2016.

Crowd Favorite

Finalists were eligible for a special crowdsourced award by receiving the most public votes. See the crowd favorite voting results.

Winner: “Front Street Animal Shelter is Full!”, Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento, California (View entry)

The finalists are listed in random order. The winners in each category are noted.

Outstanding Social Media Results

  • “Red Light Runners Caught on Camera”, Boynton Beach Police Department, Florida
  • Second Place: “Dash-Cam Facebook Post: Trooper Saves Life“, Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • “Pretty Boys – A Public Service Announcement”, City of West Hollywood, California
  • “Front Street Animal Shelter is Full!”, Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento, California
  • First Place: “#CopsLoveLemonadeStands”, Palo Alto Police Department, California

Best Use of Humor on Social Media

  • “Blue Flu”, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Kansas
  • Second Place: “We Got Jokes!”, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, South Carolina
  • “Kanye West Debt Free By 3122”, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
  • First Place: “Love & Safety on the Highways”, Washington State Department of Transportation

Top Elected Official on Social Media

  • Steven L. Abrams, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Florida
  • Second Place: Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, City of Plano, Texas
  • Mayor John Curtis, Provo City, Utah
  • First Place: Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Missouri

Top Social Media Advocate in Government (non-elected)

  • Second Place: Ty Wood, Clovis Police Department, California
  • First Place: Timothy Martin, City of Roanoke, Virginia
  • Thomas Christensen, County of San Diego, California
  • Greg Straub and Noah Nagy, Michigan Department of Corrections

Social Media Strategy in Solving Crime

  • First Place: “North Port Police Social Media Strategy”, North Port Police Department, Florida
  • “Steal Shaming”, City of Keller, Texas
  • “Unidentified Body – Tattoos”, County of San Diego, California
  • Second Place: “Flood Scammer”, San Marcos Police Department, Texas

Best Use of User Generated Content

  • Second Place: “Twitter User Suggests Street Name Change”, City of Liberty, Missouri
  • First Place: “Instagram Town Planner Cover Photo Contest”, City of Elk Grove, California
  • “Ohio BMV asks “What’s on Your Plate?”, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • “#OpenStreets FTL Photo Gallery”, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Social Media Crisis Communications

  • “#Becoyotesmart”, City of Laguna Beach, California
  • Second Place: “A Beenado on I-5”, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • “January 2016 Snowstorm/Blizzard”, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • First Place: “The Lifeline – San Marcos Social Media During 2015 Floods”, City of San Marcos, Texas

2016 Timeline

Contest Opened: Feb. 12, 2016
Entry Deadline
: March 1, 2016
Finalists Announced: March 8, 2016
“Crowd Favorite” Voting: March 9 -15, 2016
Winners Named: GSMCON2016 Awards Dinner, April 7, 2016

2016 Golden Post Awards Supported By

Government Social Media
Government Technology
 ArchiveSocial and Government Technology jointly presented the awards during a special awards dinner at GSMCON2016 at the Atlantis Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Note, the category of “Outstanding Government Social Media Policy” was withdrawn this year due to few entries received.

2016 Awards Program Rules

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible agencies include any government or quasi-government entity or program from a city, town, township, village, borough, county, state, regional or tribal government or territory of the United States. Entries must include all required information in order to be considered.

This awards program is NOT open to federal agencies, educational institutions, military, or any agency outside of the United States or its territories. Members of the GSMCON Advisory Team or their agencies are not eligible during the year they actively serve on the Team.

ENTRY LIMIT: Entries can only be submitted under ONE category, and agencies may not have more than ONE entry per category.

FINALIST SELECTION: The GSMCON Awards Team will select the finalists and winners in each category. Finalists will be announced March 8, and the winners will be announced during the GSMCON awards presentation dinner on April 7, 2016, at the Atlantis Resort in Reno, Nevada.

CROWD FAVORITE: Finalists will also be added to a voting platform for the selection of a “Crowd Favorite”. Finalists are encouraged to promote their entries on social media and by any other means.

If you have any questions about the Golden Post entry process, please contact Government Social Media at (888) 803-9401 or email

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