Sheridan County is excited to introduce Jennifer Graves as the county’s COVID-19 Public Information Officer (PIO).

In this role, Graves will be the point-of-contact for pandemic-related information coming from Sheridan County and their Incident Management Team (IMT). She will work closely with the IMT, Public Health officials and the community to provide timely updates regarding monitoring, contracting tracing, impacts to local businesses and government services, community resources, and best practices to prevent community spread.

Graves will relieve Lt. Levi Dominguez, who previously provided PIO services on behalf the Incident Management Team (IMT) in addition to his normal duties.

“We would like to thank our community for their patience while we obtained the resources we needed to communicate regularly with the public,” said Sheriff Allen Thompson. “We are excited to have Jennifer on board and to allow our staff to focus on their primary roles.”

Graves has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. She has 15 years of professional communications experience working with municipal governments and public service organizations. With this knowledge, she brings proficiency of the incident command structure and experience communicating about public health issues.

Graves has lived in Sheridan since May along with her husband John.

The COVID-19 PIO position is temporary and funded by the CARES Act.