May 10, 2022 – El Paso County announces Vernon Stewart has been appointed Executive Director of Communications.

Earlier this year, El Paso County Administration made the strategic decision to separate the Public Information Office into two new departments: the Government Affairs Department led by Executive Director Ryan Parsell and the Communications Department led by Executive Director Vernon Stewart.

Vernon will oversee the new Communications Department, which will manage public outreach, media relations, internal and external communications, Colorado Records Act (CORA) and audio-visual production.

Vernon has an extensive background in communications, having served in similar roles for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Mississippi and Missouri, and as the communications lead for the Mayor of Pensacola, Florida. Vernon also served our nation as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He has a bachelor’s in Communications and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.

Members of the media can reach him at:

(719) 355-0412 (cell)

(719) 444-5540 (office)