Finalists announced for 2017 Golden Post Awards

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Golden Post Awards!

The award committee reviewed over 125 entries to select finalists in six categories. The winners in each category will be revealed at the 2017 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 2017 during a ceremony at 1:15p.m.

The 2017 “Golden Post Awards” is the third annual award program exclusively designed to honor outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies in the U.S.

The finalists are listed in random order.

Outstanding Social Media Results Finalists

  • City of West Hollywood, California
    “Social Media Takeover During LA Pride”
  • Utah Department of Transportation
    “Don’t Crowd the Plow”
  • City of Gilbert, Arizona
    “Can’t Stop The Feeling Social Video”
  • Sarasota Police Department, Florida
    “Sarasota Police Honor Fallen Officer & Son They Never Knew”
  • 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”
  • Lawrence Kansas Police Department
    “Drunk Driving and Tortilla Chips”
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    “Nature Is Funny”
  • Texas Department of Transportation
    “#WeShouldntHavetoTellYouThis: Don’t PokemonGO and Drive”
  • 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”
  • 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”
  • Orem Police Department, Utah
    “#Tattletale Tuesday”
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department, California
    “OC Jail Escape”

Best Use of Crowdsourcing Finalists

  • City of Round Rock, Texas
    “Lost Teddy Alert”
  • 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”
  • City of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board/ Community Redevelopment Agency, Florida
    “Best of DTO Photo Contest 2016”

Social Media Crisis Communications Finalists

  • Butte County Sheriff’s Office, California
    “Butte County Sheriff’s Office response to the Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency”
  • Washington State Patrol
    “Cascade Mall Shooting Media Response”
  • City of Orlando, Florida
    “Pulse Night Club Tragedy”

Government Social Media Policy Finalists

  • Skagit County, Washington
  • City of North Port/North Port Police Department, Florida
  • City of Brentwood, Tennessee


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