The National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) have awarded TAC Communications Services staff 2018 Awards of Excellence for graphic design and writing.
The department’s designers brought home two awards for their work.
• Graphic Designer Kristen Benavides’ logo design for the 2017 West Texas County Judges and Commissioner Association Conference received an Excellence award in the category of Logos Themes and Letterheads.
• Senior Graphics Designer David Garcia won Meritorious in the category of Graphics for Brochures and Publications for his design of TAC’s “Unfunded Mandates” booklet.
In addition, TAC communications specialists received recognition for their writing.
• Communications Specialist Joel Nihlean’s ghostwritten opinion-editorial, “Don’t fall for it: Patrick’s property tax ‘relief’ is anything but” won Superior in the category of Feature Writing or Columns. The piece was named Best in Class in the writing category and will compete for the Best of Show award at the NACIO awards ceremony during the NACo Annual Conference in July. It appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
• Nihlean’s story for County magazine, “Getting Out of the Traffic Surcharge Trap,” won Superior in the category of Feature Writing or Columns.
• Senior Communications Specialist Liz Carmack’s story, “Real News: Annual Reports Share County Financial Info and More,” won Superior in the category of News Writing. It appeared in County magazine.
• Carmack’s County magazine story, “Preservation Partnership: Gillespie County Helps Save Historic Country Schools” won Excellence in the category of Feature Writing or Columns.
• Carmack’s story, “Saving the Seat of Justice: THC Grant Rescues Navarro County Courthouse,” won Meritorious in the category of Feature Writing or Columns. It also appeared in County magazine.