Captain Brennan Matherne

Public Information Officer
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

Captain Brennan Matherne has served as Public Information Officer of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (Louisiana) for nearly 10 years. He has nearly 16 total years of experience as a PIO and has been managing social media for public agencies since 2008. Most notably, he served as PIO for Lafourche Parish Government during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which directly impacted the parish’s coastline. He is a Past President of the National Information Officers Association, and he has presented twice at the NIOA annual training conference on social media use for public agencies prior to serving as President. He has trained a number of PIOs, elected officials, and social media managers in the Southeast. He has assisted numerous agencies in launching social media and developing internal policies. Captain Matherne is a 2003 graduate of Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, Louisiana) with a degree in Mass Communication. In 2014, he was honored as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in Lafourche Parish.

Captain Brennan Matherne’s Session

9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Pacific — Thursday, April 13, 2023

Panel: Dealing with Negative Comments on Social

Discussion topics include:

  • When negative comments constitute a crisis
  • Understanding the difference between a true troll and a concerned citizen
  • How to build a strong mental foundation against negativity
  • PIO mental health during a negative incident
  • Examples of how agencies have handled negativity and lessons they’ve learned about engaging with their communities
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