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Melissa Knicely

Public Information Specialist/Communications, CMPD

Melissa Knicely

Public Information Specialist/Communications, CMPD
(704) 336-3627
melissa.knicely@cmpd.org

Biography

Melissa is the Communications Manager and Senior Public Information Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division. She has been in this position
for fifteen years. She is responsible for media relations, promotion, public relations, marketing, oversight of grant applications and reporting with research and planning and works on special
projects for the Division. She manages a team of three, that includes a Development Specialist, Social Media Specialist, Outreach Services Specialist and works closely with the events officer.
She serves as the Public Information Officer for the Division, which also includes the Emergency Response Team. Melissa has obtained over 25 FEMA Certifications for Public Information Officer training and Emergency management for responding to disasters on a local, state and national level. In addition, she has received training certificates from three different universities with a focus on epidemiology, zoonotic diseases and nutrition. Melissa also serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Animal Federation, chairs the Communications Committee and is serving as the current administrative director.

Melissa studied Mass Communications and has a Master’s Certificate in Community Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Prior to employment with Animal Care & Control, she spent 20 years in the television broadcasting industry working at local television stations in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina as well as positions with the NBC Network, ESPN and The Carolina Panthers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two Siberian Huskies. She is also an avid
Carolina Panthers, JMU Dukes and UNC Tarheels fan and does freelance graphic design for the SEC Network based in Charlotte, NC..

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