Minnesota’s Washington County, which is located on the eastern edge of the Twin Cities metro area, wants to hire a crisis communications firm.

The County government believes it is vital to maintain a good reputation as it provides services to its 260K residents.

The RFP calls for a partner to aid in the response to a natural or human-made disaster, a disruption in service, a proscribed action of county employees or leadership, or any other occurrence that would require rapid, widespread communication or management of public messages.

In the event of a crisis, the firm would draft talking points, write press releases, create social media posts, respond to media inquiries, and potentially act as the County spokesperson.

The firm would work on a retainer basis.

Proposals are due April 21. They go to Tina Elam, communications manager, at [email protected].

Read the RFP (PDF).