Golden Post Awards“Golden Post Awards” is the first major awards program exclusively designed to recognize the outstanding use of social media by U.S. local and state government agencies.

Winners were named from this selection of Finalists on April 30, 2015, at the Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Reno, Nevada.

In addition to selecting finalists, the Awards Team also selected certain nominees for recognition as as Honorable Mentions, which appear below the Finalists.

2015 FINALISTS (listed alphabetically)

Social Media for Citizen Engagement

City of Austin, Texas
City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii
City of Miramar, Florida
Durham, North Carolina
State of Maryland

Best Use of Humor on Social Media

Arizona Department of Transportation
City of Bryan Texas Fire Department
City of Roanoke Virginia
Dunwoody Police Department, Georgia
Howard County Fire and Rescue Services, Maryland
Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Top Government Social Media Leader (non-elected)

Chad Wiebesick, Michigan Economic Development Corp
Cheryl Bledsoe, Clackamas County Communications (CCOM), Oregon
Chief Billy Grogan, Dunwoody Police Department, Georgia
Joseph Kostecki, South Toms River Borough, New Jersey
Tom Brazelton, City of Ankeny, Iowa

Social Media in Solving Crime

City of Sioux City, Iowa
Coral Springs Police Department, Florida
Gloucester Township Police Department, New Jersey
Los Angeles County Sheriff, California
Oakland County, Michigan

Social Media in an Emergency

Howard County Fire and Rescue Services, Maryland
Oakland County, Michigan
Snohomish County, Washington
Summit County, Utah
Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST) for #SMEM

Top Elected Official on Social Media

Dan Daley, City of Coral Springs Florida Commissioner
Jeff Jackson, North Carolina Senator
John Curtis, Mayor of Provo City, Utah
Ruben J. Kihuen, Nevada State Senator

Comprehensive Government Social Media Policy

City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Social Media Policy
Clackamas County 9-1-1 (C-COM) Social Media Policy
Palm Beach County, Florida Social Media Policy

Government Social Media Campaign

City of West Hollywood, California
Lakeland Police Department, Florida
Oakland County Board of Commissioners, Michigan
Padre Dam Municipal Water District-Santee Lakes, California
Shakopee Police Department, Minnesota

Outstanding Social Media Results

California Highway Patrol
City of Roanoke, Virginia
Dunwoody Police Department, Georgia
Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Honorable Mentions

Certain nominations were selected to receive special distinction as an Honorable Mention. Although these entries do not continue to the next level, the Awards Team felt they deserved particular recognition.

Wanda Willis, Harrisonburg Virginia Fire DepartmentFor genuine passion and commitment in educating the public.
Nominations in the Top Government Social Media Leader category focused on leaders known on social media both for their agency and as individuals. Willis certainly fostered engagement with the public on the Department’s social media profiles. The Awards Team noted the quality of the comments made by peers and the public, which highlighted a deep respect for someone who genuinely cares about the lives of others.

City of Miramar, FloridaFor rallying participation from citizen networks.
The crowdsourcing portion of Golden Post was amped up when the City of Miramar rallied participation of their followers and received several top ranking entries. Proof of the power of embracing your citizen networks to take action. Note: Miramar was named a Finalist in the Citizen Engagement category.

Oakland County Social Media PolicyFor providing guidance on making transient posts part of the permanent record.
Oakland County’s social media policy provides clear guidance on the need to treat social media posts as a public record. Importantly, it explains how and when posts are to be handled to ensure compliance with the state freedom of information act.

Washington State Department of TransportationFor infusing personality into social media content.
Washington DOT social media content can be informative, anecdotal, and even humorous. They have mastered the art of making traffic updates interesting to build their following, which matters in emergency situations where quickly sharing information to a large audience is critical.