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The following article was posted on January 16th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 45 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 45

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department hires a new spokesperson

BY AMY ASMAN

After several months of searching, interviewing, and conducting background checks, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has selected former KEYT anchor Kelly Hoover as its new public information specialist. Hoover will act as the department’s spokesperson, writing press releases, giving interviews to the press, and more.

“I’m very honored and excited to take over the position,” Hoover told the Sun in a recent interview. “I have always had a deep respect for law enforcement throughout my career as a journalist. I’ve always been intrigued by courts and crime.”

A graduate of UC Los Angeles, Hoover has worked at news affiliates throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. Mostly recently she worked as a reporter for The Santa Barbara News-Press.

Hoover said she thinks her reporting experience will help her relate to the public and the press. This isn’t the first time a civilian has served in the position; KCOY anchor Drew Sugars worked for the department from fall 2008 to summer 2012. Sgt. Mark Williams has filled the position in the interim.

“I think Sgt. Williams has done an outstanding job. He has great knowledge of the rules and codes [of the department],” Hoover said. “But I think it takes a reporter to know what a reporter needs. I understand their deadlines and pressures.

“But I also understand how easy it is to compromise an investigation by getting out information too soon and not getting it right,” she said.

Hoover can be contacted at 681-4100 or pio@sbsheriff.org.