As part of our commitment to reporting news about our police department to our community and working with members of the media, the Fairfax County Police Department Media Relations Bureau now features two former broadcast journalists at the helm. This week, Emilie Voss, a former television evening news anchor at WTOL in Toledo, Ohio, joined the FCPD as the Deputy Director of the Media Bureau. Voss has an extensive background working in local news, having also anchored the news in Palm Springs, California, Lansing, Michigan and Grand Junction, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Voss joins Julie Parker, the Bureau Director, who joined the department last September (https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/new-public-affairs-bureau-director-hired-by-chief-roessler/). Previously, Parker spent five years as the Media Relations Division Director for the Prince George’s County Police Department and was an Emmy award-winning reporter with WJLA-TV in Washington before joining the law enforcement profession. The FCPD’s Media Bureau is also comprised of a sworn commander, 2nd Lt. Rex Pagerie, an Internal Communications Section led by 2nd Lt. Dan Pang, FOIA Compliance Manager Mike Cole, four sworn PIOs (MPO Don Gotthardt, PFC Tawny Wright, PFC Monica Meeks and PFC Reem Awad) and Media Specialist Seth Palenscar.
Voss’ primary responsibilities include managing the FCPD’s growing social media platforms and serving as a department spokesperson. @fairfaxpolice is approaching 200,000 followers on Twitter and is the Media Relations Bureau’s primary platform for sharing information about breaking news as well as traffic updates, police events and community events. You can also follow the FCPD on Facebook at @fairfaxcountypolice and Instagram at @fairfaxcountypolice.