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ELLIS COUNTY - Ellis County Communications Director Diana Buckley received an appointment to the Region III Director for the National Association of County Information Officers

'I'm excited!' Buckley said. 'I think it is a great opportunity and I'm honored to be invited to serve.'

'Diana has always been committed to getting information out to the public, letting citizens know what their government is doing,' said County Judge Chad Adams.

'This organization supports that goal.'

Buckley added that her first official responsibility in the role is to plan a short training conference to be held in Waxahachie in early December.

'In July, the board approved the concept of holding a Winter Workshop,' she said. 'And their first question was, ‘Where could we go in the middle of the winter?' To me the answer was simple - Ellis County, Texas!'

The workshop is tentatively set for Dec. 4 and 5 and will feature a variety of topics, from how to get free publicity to streaming video to media policy development for counties.

'Planning started as soon as the NACIO budget was approved,' Buckley said.

'And I'll be getting the publicity out as soon as I can nail down the agenda and the speakers.'

Approximately 50 county information officers and others involved in governmental public relations are expected to attend.

For more information, call Buckley at 972-825-5087, or watch the county website (www.co.ellis.tx.us) for updates.

'We sure encourage people to sign up for e-mail updates through our website,' Buckley added.

'Every time we post something new, we send out a link, and it really helps people to stay connected.'

NACIO (www.nacio.org) is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (www.naco.org). NACIO's Region III consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The National Association of County Information Officers was formed in 1966.

Originally, NACIO's goal was to bring together communications professionals who wanted to share information with other counties across the United States.

Today, NACIO is also dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the functions of county government, improving the professional capabilities of its members and much more.

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