Joel Kertok, Public Information Officer for Parker County, received a most-gratifying surprise at the end of last week when he was honored with an Award of Excellence.Kertok said he entered the awards contest on behalf of Parker County with the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO). The TAMIO is an organization that mainly consists of municipalities which also accepts county and school information officers into its membership.“I was thrilled that we won the Award of Excellence,” Kertok said.He said that as the county's public information officer, he had joined the TAMIO earlier in the year. He added that, in reality, the county received the award for its Transportation Bond Annual Report at a ceremony that took place on Friday in Richardson.The annual report named "Moving Forward, Parker County Transportation Bond Annual Report" and the entry of this report into the contest, won the Award of Excellence in the category of “Print Reports.”"This award was truly a team effort," Kertok said. "It is an honor for our county to receive it as we strive to provide the residents of Parker County with information in an open and transparent way. This was a project that County Judge Mark Riley and I put a lot of work into and I would be remiss if I didn't recognize our engineering firm Freese and Nichols, as we couldn't have done it with out them."Social media came to life, specifically on Twitter, following word of the award as Riley congratulated Kertok."Our transportation bond program was designed for the whole community. Our goal was to improve mobility, safety and enhance economic development,” Kertok said. “Judge Riley and I have been and remain dedicated to keeping our residents informed on the progress of the bond program."He said that Parker County had recently created a new and improved website with the goal of improving the county’s constituents access to their county government. (www.parkercountytx.com)"With the advances in technology I believe our new web site is very beneficial to the residents of Parker County," Kertok said. "It provides information on our transportation bond as well as all functions of county government and it is a great tool for our residents to stay informed and involved in their county government."Kertok said he recommends Parker County residents visit and join the new website to take full advantage of the information opportunities it provides.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902 Twitter: @Lancewinter