Kerry Hammon

 
Fire Chief's Office
Title: Public Information Officer
Phone: 208-612-8122
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Kerry Hammon was hired as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Idaho Falls Fire Department in October 2017. Prior to that, she served as the City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer for five years. During her career with the City, Hammon has covered public and media information for all City departments including: Office of the Mayor, Idaho Falls Fire Department, Idaho Falls Police Department, Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Power, Public Works, Community Development Services and Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Hammon helped shape the City's media and social media policies, and developed guidelines for more than 30 social media sites. She also played a lead role in the City's new branding, graphic design standards and website.

Hammon serves as a PIO on southeast Idaho's Type 3 Incident Management Team and served in the capacity during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. She was also deployed as a PIO during the flooding in Minidoka County in 2017. 

Hammon gained a wide-range of experience while serving as the Programs & Events Coordinator for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2013. She planned and organized several large community events including the Independence Day Parade, Liberty Festival on the Falls, Taste of Idaho, as well as weekly networking luncheons. 

She also served as the sales manager for a weekly community newspaper (River City Weekly); advertising representative for a local radio station; and as a Certified Medical Assistant for 15 years, the majority of which for a private cardiology practice.

Hammon obtained her FEMA Advanced PIO certificate in 2018 and has obtained several other certifications in Incident Management over the past five years.

Hammon has a Bachelors Degree in Business and Information Systems Management from the University of Phoenix. Hammon is proud to have obtaining her degree in 2 1/2 years while working full-time and caring for her two young children.  In 1995, Hammon graduated from Eastern Idaho Technical College (now College of Eastern Idaho) with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. She is a graduate of Rigby High School. 

Kerry is a member of the National Information Officers' Association, member of the State of Idaho's PIER (Public Information Emergency Response) team, and member of the local PIO group. She was recognized as an Eastern Idaho Technical College Distinguished Alumni in 2012 and a Distinguished Under 40 recipient in 2013 from the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. 

 

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