1/29/2010 : Sheriff J. Austin Daniel receives national recognition for technology use
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel was recently awarded the noteworthy “Bronze Pollie Award” from the American Association of Political and Public Affairs Consultants for a telephone call produced in partnership with 

Michael Smith, President and CEO of ConnectCAllUSA accepted the award on behalf of Sheriff Daniel at the association’s 18th annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Entitled “Warning, Detour Ahead!,” the call was broadcast throughout the area to alert residents and travelers that U.S. Highway 61 was closed due to an untimely bridge repair.  The repair was scheduled to coincide with the LSU vs. Ole Miss football game in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.  Highway 61 is a major throughway for traffic coming to and from Mississippi and could ill-afford to be closed on such a day.  Sheriff Daniel’s quick response automated telephone call enabled football goers to plan ahead and helped to minimize delays.

“Sheriff Daniel’s use of technology proves you don’t have to be from Washington Beltway to make a difference,” said Smith in accepting the award.

Sheriff Daniel’s timely use of technology helped enhance communications in his community during a time of need while bringing national prominence to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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