City’s public information office wins first place at TAMIO conference

After three years of second- and third-place trophies, the City of San Angelo’s Public Information Office garnered first place at this year’s Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers conference. The winners were announced Friday in Arlington.

The City took first place in the public service announcement (educational) category for “Did Your Butt Start This Fire?” The 36-second video, produced by multimedia coordinator Brian Groves, starred retired City employee Roger Banks and his vintage wagon and dramatically illustrates the danger of flicking a lit cigarette from a car.

The public information office also won two second-place Awards of Excellence for videos.

“Remembering the Fallen: Sgt. Korby Kennedy” captured the tributes paid by the community, the San Angelo Police Department and law enforcement from across Texas to the late Kennedy who was killed in the line of duty in June 2015. The 19-minute video placed second in special or one-time programs.

“Answering the Call,” a recruiting spot for the San Angelo Fire Department, placed second in public service announcement (marketing).

TAMIO’s competition attracted a record 317 entries in categories ranging from print to electronic to video.

“Brian makes winning awards look easy,” said City Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson. “Trust me, the guy busts his hindquarters to enlighten our citizens with compellingly visual storytelling. There’s not a public information office anywhere in this state that wouldn’t fall all over itself to have him. We’re fortunate he loves San Angelo.”

The office’s “#ThisPlaceMatters” video was spotlighted during the conference’s annual film fest. All of the videos can be viewed at


Wilson also was a panelist on a conference keynote on social media tips. The City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page boasts of one of the state’s largest municipal followings with 21,400 likes, according to the public information office in a release.

“Brian and I take great pride in having San Angelo and our office recognized and respected by our peers statewide,” Wilson said. “But we’ve not yet ‘arrived.’ There’s too much great work still to do!”

An affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, TAMIO provides professional development for public information officers and promotes an active cooperation and an exchange of information and ideas among its membership.