BSO's Public Information Office Staff Bios
Public Information Office Director
Veda Coleman-Wright joined the Broward Sheriff's Office in May 1996 as a public information officer. In January 2006 she was promoted to senior public information officer. Sheriff Scott Israel promoted her to PIO manager on Jan. 26, 2013, followed by a title change to the director of the Public Information Office on June 14, 2014.
Veda grew up in Northwest Fort Lauderdale and graduated from Blanche Ely High School. She attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, earning a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, with a minor in political science. She worked as an information specialist for Florida's Department of Insurance then began her tour of duty at South Florida’s WPLG-TV/Local 10 as an assignment editor.
Veda is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXXIII. In 2012, she successfully completed BSO’s Institute for Criminal Justice Studies’ Executive Leadership Program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a founding member of the South Florida Chapter of the National Black Public Relations Society. Veda has received several awards and accommodations. In 2010, she was honored by Success South Florida magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals. In 2008, she was recognized for her contributions, leadership and service to the South Florida community in the area of community empowerment by the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Veda is an active member of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, serving in the Drama Ministry. A native of Augusta, Georgia, she has lived in Broward County since 1972, is married and has two sons.
Senior Public Information Officer
Keyla Concepción joined the Public Information Office in August 2006. She comes with ample background working with the media, having been a bilingual reporter and anchor for three years at KTXS/KTES, the ABC/Telemundo affiliate in Abilene, Texas and Bay News 9 En Español in Tampa, Florida.
Keyla was born and raised in Panama Republic, later moving to Miami, Florida, where she lived for 14 years before leaving for The Lonestar State to pursue her TV career.
She is fluent in both English and Spanish and holds a bachelor of science degree in Communications from Florida International University in Miami.
Public Information Officer
Mike Jachles joined the Public Information Office in 2006 after 14 years as a videojournalist at WTVJ, the NBC owned TV station in South Florida. He brings an extensive background to the Broward Sheriff’s Office where he serves as the primary PIO for the Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Prior to moving to Florida in 1992, Mike was the Assistant Fire Chief with the Jamesville, NY Fire Department, where he served for seven years starting out as a firefighter/trauma medic. He has been an active Emergency Medical Technician since 1981 and is also an auxiliary Florida Highway Patrol Trooper. Mike has earned both the George Foster Peabody and the Alfred I. DuPont awards given in broadcasting. He has also won numerous local, state and national press awards. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the State University of New York-Empire State College.
Public Information Officer
Gina Carter joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February 2002. During that time, she worked as a child protective investigator and youth services counselor. Before transferring to the Public Information Office in June 2013, Gina served as a youth services supervisor at the Juvenile Assessment Center, where she was promoted in 2009 to supervise 12 youth counselors who provided direct service to juveniles and adults.
During her tenure at the Juvenile Assessment Center, she facilitated the center’s marketing strategy and materials to increase public awareness. She also served as the chairperson for the Broward Coalition 4 Youth from 2011 - 2012 and as the chairperson for the Diversion Coalition from 2005 - 2007.
Gina is fluent in English and Spanish and has extensive experience with photography and digital video editing. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree and masters of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she resided for six years. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Gina was born in Cuba and now resides in Palm Beach County.
Administrative Specialist II
Karen Murphy joined the agency in December 2007 as the Administrative Specialist II for Major James Clonch in the Department of Detention Support Services Unit. Upon his retirement in 2009, she continued as part of the Support Services team until July 2010, when she transferred to the Public Information Office.
Karen was born in Pennsylvania and has lived in Broward County since 1963. She is married, has four grown children and nine grandchildren.
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