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Sarasota County media relations team members are in office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and rotate on-call and after-hours response. Media outlets may submit queries through email or phone. General public should utilize the county contact center for questions and information.

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Media requests and after hours:  941-861-NEWS (6397)

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Meet the Team

Drew Winchester 
County Media Relations 
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Drew joined Sarasota County in 2014. Prior to a career in public service, he worked as a journalist in Florida and Oregon starting in 2002. 

An Indianapolis native, Drew, his wife and two sons are proud residents of Sarasota County.

Office: 941-861-5455  
Cell: 941-284-7124  
Brianne Grant
County Media Relations 

Brianne joined Sarasota County in 2017 as a project coordinator for Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources to assist with launching the Find Yourself at the Library brand.

In 2018, Brianne joined the Media Relations team. Prior to starting with the county, Brianne was a scuba diving instructor and developed training materials for the dive industry in recreational and emergency response diving.

Brianne enjoys photography and painting and has a new found love for yoga. Her favorite snacks are crunchy red grapes or barbeque chips. 

Office: 941-861-5453  
Cell: 941-363-1127  
Emergency Services Media Relations 


While we're in the hiring process for this vacancy, all Emergency Services media queries should be directed to or 941-861-NEWS.

Office: 941-861-NEWS  
Cell: 941-861-NEWS  
Lisa Potts
SCAT Communications 

Lisa joined the county in 2018 and serves as the Communications Specialist for Sarasota County Area Transit.

Before her time with Sarasota County, Lisa managed marketing and training for the custom apparel and decal industry.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys crafting, traveling with her husband Nick and playing with her Lab mix rescue, Lacie. 

Office: 941-861-5103  
Web: SCAT Bus Service  
Kevin O'Horan
UF/IFAS Communications  

Kevin is the communications and marketing coordinator at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.

He joined the county in 2015, having previously worked as a print reporter in Florida and Illinois, largely writing about ecological and scientific issues, and as an environmental consultant prior to that.

A Chicago native, Kevin is married and has a teenage son. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys golfing, tennis, yardwork, home renovations, and riding motorcycles.

Cell: 941-320-2282  
Web: UF/IFAS Sarasota   
G. Steve Huard
FL-DOH Sarasota PIO

Steve is the Communications Manager and Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota. He provides health and risk information to the community and public officials.

Steve has been with the Florida Department of Health since 2005, holding roles as a former crisis communication consultant and public information officer. 

Steve spent more than 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and is a longtime Sarasota resident. Steve and his wife enjoy paddle boarding, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren on the weekends. 

 Office: 941-861-2852  
 Web: FL Department of Health  

Municipality PIOs

City of North Port | Josh Taylor | City PIO
P: 941-740-2815 | E: | Web:
City of Venice | Lorraine Anderson | City PIO
P: 941-882-7401 | E: | Web:

City of Sarasota | Jan Thornburg | Senior Communications Manager
P: 941-365-2200 x 4411 | | Web:
Jason Bartolone | City Communications Specialist
P: 941-365-2200 x 4412 | E:
Town of Longboat Key | Susan Phillips | Town PIO
P: 941-374-5819 | E: sphillips@longboatkeyorg | Web:
Sarasota County Sheriffs Office | Kaitlyn Perez | Community Affairs Director
P: 941-861-4927 | E: | Web:
Sarasota Police Department | Genevieve Judge | Law Enforcement PIO
 P: 941-954-7094 | E: | Web: