Gary Davidson, longtime public information officer for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, has been named 2017 Great Communicator by FPRA Volusia/Flagler. The award will be given at the monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LPGA International, 1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach. RSVP here. The awards luncheon is sponsored by Launch Federal Credit Union.
Davidson retired in June from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office PIO position he’d held since 1995. During his career, Davidson served as the department’s spokesman, providing information to the news media and public about criminal cases, arrests, newsworthy events and programs.
Davidson was also a leader in the Volusia-Flagler Public Information Network (PIN), which provides training and coordinates amongst PIOs in the two-county area, and he mentored many area PIOs during his career. His training includes attending one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first community Advanced Public Information Officers training courses, in 2004.
During his career, Davidson also represented the Sheriff on a number of boards, including Crime Stoppers and TRIAD, an organization devoted to preventing the victimization of our senior population.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Davidson has more than 30 years of experience in communications, working as a reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the DeLand Sun News before joining the Sheriff’s Office.
“I can think of no other communications professional who at this point in their career is more deserving of the 2017 Great Communicator Award,” said Shelley Szafraniec, APR, CPRC, Volusia County assistant community information director and a member of the FPRA Volusia/Flagler board. “Gary has shown through his professionalism and capabilities to be a consummate communications professional who is committed to the highest of public relations standards.”
The Great Communicator Award honors excellence in public relations and communications and is the highest award the local FPRA chapter can bestow on a professional. This is the only award that honors lifetime achievements in effective communications in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Former Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, a past Great Communicator, will introduce Davidson at the awards program, and past Great Communicator Dave Byron will serve as emcee for the event.
The oldest public relations association in the U.S., the Florida Public Relations Association was founded in 1938. For more information about the Volusia-Flagler Chapter of FPRA, visit www.fpravf.org.