Our History

Facebook Video, Sharon Watson 2013

Who We Are

Check out this brief 2013 video from Sharon Watson, past president. https://www.facebook.com/139503056118020/videos/10200494958602072/

Our Founding

KAPIO was founded in 2007 by Capt. Mike Hall, Olathe Fire Dept., following his 2005 deployment supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Read an article in the Kansas Government Journal from April 2007 about how KAPIO was established and why. KGJ is published by the League of Kansas Municipalities; learn more

Read Establishing a Public Information Network, April 2007.

Why We Exist

The Kansas Association of Public Information Officers (KAPIO) is a  statewide association of government and quasi-government public  information officers and communication professionals. KAPIO has more  than 100 members across the state and gaining new members every year. 

KAPIO strives to:  

  • Create a statewide network of communication professionals;   
  • Conduct and sponsor activities to improve communication between public sector organizations and the people they serve;   
  • Promote professionalism in the public information and communication fields; and    
  • Serve as an information resource for government management and communication professionals.  

KAPIO members meet on a quarterly basis (February, May, August & November) at different cities around the state of Kansas.

The agenda at quarterly meetings consists of lunch, general meeting and  professional development opportunities (speaker, hands-on exercise, or  tour). Members are responsible for buying their own lunch (varies - approx.  $10/person). 

Mission and Purpose

The Mission of the Kansas Association of Public Information Officers is to encourage, advance and promote communication and sharing of resources between communications professionals throughout governments in Kansas.

Our Purpose

We promote professionalism in the field of public information and among KAPIO members and exist to create a network of communication professionals. We conduct and sponsor activities to improve communication among public sector and quasi-public organizations and serve as an information resource for government management and communications professionals. We are a vehicle for professional growth. We seek to raise the consciousness of public sector management and promote the importance of public information to members of the general public and highlight the necessity for public information operations in the public sector. We promote ethical standards within which such operations should be conducted.

Membership Qualifications and Annual Dues

Individuals representing a public jurisdiction who share information via broadcast, print, or electronic media, including through various means of social media, to the population they serve. Members may be working communicators, public relations or community affairs specialists, public information officers, or public administrators, including appointed and elected officials.

Types of Membership


PLEASE NOTE: Our overarching goal is to connect anyone in Kansas with a PIO function in their job description with others in their field to network, share information and be a resource. All members are offered the opportunity to attend the annual conference (typically in May), quarterly meetings typically held in February, August and November, as well as any additional trainings offered during the year.

General Member ($40): Any communications professional working for a government agency in the State of Kansas can be a General Member. General members may hold office and vote in elections.

Associate Member ($55): Individuals employed by quasi-governmental agencies and individuals associated with organizations and entities that conduct business regularly in the area of communication with government agencies in Kansas.

Student Member ($20): Any student/intern from colleges or universities, interested in government communication as a profession.

Special Member ($40): Communications professionals formerly employed in government or quasi-government organizations.

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