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Lincoln Police appoints Erika Thomas as their new public information officer

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LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — Lincoln Police announced Friday that the department has hired a new public information officer.

Erika Thomas, a journalist who has spent two decades working in newsrooms around the country, will begin her new role at the end of March.

Police say Thomas worked as a producer, reporter, and most recently as an evening host in northwest Arkansas.

The Mizzou alum has won multiple awards, including Emmys and state honors, according to a press release.

“The position of Public Information Officer is incredibly important to any police department in this country in 2023,” Police Chief Teresa Ewins said in a statement. “As a former member of the media, Erika knows firsthand how to deliver our news to the media accurately and in a timely manner.”

Police say Thomas is the department’s first public information officer to have a background in journalism.

“Building on our already strong social media presence, Erika will leverage her invaluable news experience to inform our audience of Lincoln law enforcement news, both through the media and through our Lincoln Police presence on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram,” Ewins said in the statement.

Career Update! Excited to relocate #LNK and join #LPD.

— Erika Thomas (@5NEWSErika) February 17, 2023

The role was last held by Erin Spilker, who filed a lawsuit against the city in January 2022, alleging years of discrimination, sexual assault and harassment within LPD.

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