Sarah Whitfield has been awarded Santa Rosa County's Employee of the Year for 2017. Sarah was selected from the four employees of the quarter for 2017 including Nancy Dungan of Public Works, Erica Grancagnolo of Grants and Special Projects and John Haynes of Emergency Communications. All four employees will be recognized by the board of county commissioners at the regular board meeting on March 15.
Born and raised in Santa Rosa County, Sarah loves her work as much as she loves the people she serves. She has worked in several areas of Santa Rosa County government and found her home in the public information office. In PIO,
Sarah produces videos showcasing Santa Rosa County, broadcasts county board meetings, designs marketing materials, manages a wide variety of social media accounts, creates news releases and newsletters, photographs and videos county events, and coordinates and gives media interviews. Outside the office
, Sarah is involved in her church, serving as co-leader of the women's ministry, volunteering to provide respite services to parents of children with disabilities, facilitating her church's audio/video services and serving through OneLove's local missions. Sarah is equally dedicated to the advancement of the local public relations industry, serving as president-elect and vice president of membership of the Pensacola chapter of Florida Public Relations Association. She was selected as the club's nomination for the Joe Curley, Rising Leader award for 2017.
"Sarah goes well above and beyond her job description," said Public Information Officer Brandi Whitehurst. "She proactively seeks opportunities to help Santa Rosa County shine and truly has the county - its employees, residents, businesses and visitors - in her best interests."
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Photo above (left to right): County Administrator Tony Gomillion and Sarah Whitfield
Photo right (left to right): County Administrator Tony Gomillion and all four of the 2017 Employees of the Quarter: Nancy Dungan - Public Works, Erica Grancagnolo - Grants and Special Projects, Sarah Whitfield - Public Information Office and John Haynes - Emergency Communications