2017 Golden Post Award Finalists

Thank you to all of the agencies and citizens who took the time to submit an entry for the Government Social Media Golden Post Awards! The award committee reviewed over 125 entries to select finalists in six categories.

The winners in each category were revealed during a ceremony at the 2017 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 2017. The finalists are listed in random order.


Outstanding Social Media Results Finalists

City of West Hollywood, California “Social Media Takeover During LA Pride”

2nd Place: Utah Department of Transportation “Don’t Crowd the Plow”

1st Place: City of Gilbert, Arizona “Can’t Stop The Feeling’ Social Video”

Sarasota Police Department, Florida “Sarasota Police Honor Fallen Officer & Son They Never Knew”

3rd Place: Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, California “Social Media for the Whole Community”


Best Use of Humor on Social Media Finalists

Provo City, Utah “The Garbage Can-Can”

1st Place: Lawrence Kansas Police Department “Drunk Driving and Tortilla Chips”

Iowa Department of Natural Resources “Nature Is Funny”

2nd Place: Texas Department of Transportation “#WeShouldntHavetoTellYouThis: Don’t PokemonGo and Drive” 

3rd Place: Fort Worth Police Department, Texas “Stormtrooper Recruitment Video” 


Social Media Strategy in Solving Crime Finalists

North Port Police Department, Florida “North Port Police Department Social Media Strategy”

3rd Place: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation-Game Wardens “Oklahoma Game Wardens Use Facebook to Solve Wildlife Crime”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation “AMBER Alert: Social Media’s Role In Rescuing Carlie Trent”

1st Place: Orem Police Department, Utah “#Tattletale Tuesday”

2nd Place: Orange County Sheriff’s Department, California “OC Jail Escape”


Best Use of Crowdsourcing Finalists

3rd Place: City of Round Rock, Texas “Lost Teddy Alert”

1st Place: Tennessee Department of Transportation “Safety Message Contest” 

City of Lakeland, Florida “City of Lakeland Community Values Survey 2017”

Office of Iowa Secretary of State “Elections 101- #IAparticipate”

2nd Place: City of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board/Communinty Redevelopment Agency, Florida “Best of DTO Photo Contest 2016”


Social Media Crisis Communications Finalists

3rd Place: Butte County Sheriff’s Office, California “Butte County Sherrif’s Office responnse to the Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency”

2nd Place: Washington State Patrol “Cascade Mall Shooting Media Response”

1st Place: Ciity of Orlando, Florida “Pulse Night Club Tragedy”


Government Social Media Policy Finalists

3rd Place: Skagit County, Washington

1st Place: City of North Port/North Port Police Department, Florida

2nd Place: City of Brentwood, Tennessee


2017 Timeline
Contest Opened: Feb. 23, 2017
Entry Deadline: March 8, 2017
Finalists Announced: March 17, 2017
Winners Named: GSMCON2017 Awards Ceremony

If you have any questions about the Golden Post Awards, please contact Government Social Media at (888) 803-9401 ext. 11 or email hello@gsmcon.com.