It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as the new Ohio APCO president. I am looking forward to this opportunity and having the ability to work with so many great people.
I began my career in public safety as a dispatcher with the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office. A few years later, I accepted a position with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Many advances have occurred with technology and equipment since then but our dispatchers continue to do an excellent job serving the public and assisting the units working the road.
Many “THANKS” to past President Satoru Persons. His leadership has made a huge impact on all of us. I am forever thankful for his guidance and support while he was the president of this chapter. His commitment to public safety is extraordinary and appreciated by everyone in the organization.
I am very excited for the future of Ohio APCO. 2019 has already been an amazing year. The NENA/APCO Conference was a record breaking event. The hard work and dedication by the conference and Gold Star committee members was remarkable. Another exciting announcement is the new 9-1-1 & Communications Center Management Committee. This committee will be extremely beneficial to our members and all public safety facilities across Ohio. I am looking forward to working with the volunteers selected for the committee. I feel educating our members is extremely important for the growth of our organization, so training will continue at each of our quarterly meetings.
In August, many of us will be attending APCO 2019, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. It is an exciting time for Ohio as two of our members have been selected to instruct a training session at the conference. If you have the ability to attend, it would be a great opportunity for you and your agency.
Thank you again for this opportunity and feel free to contact me at any time.
Lydia G. Frey