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Corey Dobridnia

Public Information Officer
Walton County Sheriff's Office, Florida

An award-winning Public Information Officer, Corey Dobridnia is currently employed at the Walton County Sheriff's Office. She's also serving her second year on the board for the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association as the Communications Chair. In a past life, Dobridnia worked as the weekend anchor for WMBB, an ABC Affiliate out of Panama City covering Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Support Activity Panama City and more.

Dobridnia graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor's degree in communication and earned a master's degree from Florida State University, Panama City in corporate and public communication. ERAU was also where she lettered in women's volleyball. 

In 2017, Dobridnia was dually named Public Information Officer of the Year by the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officer's Association and the Florida Association of Public Information Officers. In 2018, Dobridnia received the PIO Deployment Team Mobilization Award after deploying to help public agencies following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael. In 2020, Walton County Sheriff's Office was a finalist for Government Social Media's Golden Post Awards for Best Instagram Presence.

Corey Dobridnia’s Session:

8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Pacific Time — Monday, May 9, 2022

Panel: Setting Your Agency’s Narrative Online

Social media provides an important opportunity for public safety professionals to play a leading role in setting their agency’s narrative online. With news and information spreading quickly, it’s important to have the tools and systems in place to lead your communications efforts with the public. 

This panel will cover topics including:

  • How investing in internal comms helps manage the external message and limits misinformation
  • Silence is damaging. Why it's important to speak up, and how you can keep your agency’s voice in the conversation during an active investigation or controversial situation
  • Strategies to increase the chances of media picking up your message
  • How to identify the best and most effective brand ambassador for each issue, incident, or topic
  • What it means to break your own news, and how this can help you drive your own narrative
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