Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department is pleased to announce, after an extensive national search, the hiring of Ms. Julie Parker as the new Director of the Police Department’s Public Affairs Bureau. Ms. Parker has an extensive background in television and radio news, media relations and crisis communications, and was most recently the Director of the Media Relations Division for the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department. Her work at the Prince George’s County Police Department was credited with helping rebrand the department by enhancing communications with the community.
A frequent guest lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Ms. Parker focuses on law enforcement media relations and crisis communications to police chiefs and commanders from around the globe. She’s a nationally recognized leader in using social media for community outreach, media relations, crisis communications, targeted branding and messaging. Ms. Parker’s usage of Twitter was the subject of a 2014 Washington Post article about leveraging social media to shape the community’s image of its police department. Additionally, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing invited Ms. Parker to provide written testimony on technology and social media.
Ms. Parker spent 13 years reporting, anchoring and hosting in Washington, DC, most recently for ABC7 News where she won both an Emmy Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She was on the anchor desk immediately after the news broke on 9/11, covered the “Beltway Sniper” crisis in 2002 and handled red carpet duty at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. She also spent two years co-hosting a sports talk radio show on Washington, DC’s 106.7 The Fan and a TV show spinoff on the 24-hour cable network, NewsChannel 8. Prior to her on-air work, Ms. Parker spent four years at C-SPAN, including producing the network’s coverage of the 1996 Republican National Convention from San Diego, California.
Volunteer roles include board member positions with WRAP (Washington Regional Alcohol Program) and the Gaithersburg Police Foundation. Ms. Parker was a guest presenter at the June 8, 2015 Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission as the Communications subcommittee recommended her leadership at the Prince George’s County Police Department as a best practices model.
Ms. Parker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism (1992) from the University of Maryland. We anticipate her start date to be no later than September 19th.
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