Georgia Association of Public Safety Communications Officials

Georgia APCO partners with OneSource Counseling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2024

Georgia APCO partners with OneSource Counseling
to offer behavioral health services to public safety

The Georgia Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) has entered into a contract with OneSource Counseling to provide behavioral health services to 911 professionals.

The partnership will provide immediate and direct access to mental health resources to agencies in need. It will also provide additional assistance, guidance, training, and support resources to peer support teams across the state. Through the partnership, Georgia APCO and OneSource can offer a simplistic process for facilitating assistance to agencies after a traumatic, stressful event. The partnership is also intended to provide this assistance to agencies with limited mental health or behavioral resources access for free.

“Georgia APCO is so excited about this partnership and the resources it will bring to the 911 professionals in Georgia,” President Jonathan Jones said. “It is the responsibility of all of us to invest support in mental wellness, and this is one way the Georgia APCO Board hopes to provide additional assistance quickly when there is a need.”

“OneSource is honored to have been chosen to provide behavioral health services to the amazing men and women of Georgia APCO. We will provide mental wellness resources to all the 911 centers state-wide with immediate and effective response,” Dr. Nancy Wesselink said. “We applaud the Executive Board and the Board of Officers for their commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of their membership.”

The annual contract between Georgia APCO and OneSource will provide a pre-determined level of confidential assistance to agencies or personnel and families in need.

Agencies wishing to utilize this service can make a request by contacting Georgia APCO.

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Georgia 911 Directors’ Academy

The Georgia 911 Directors’ Academy is a 40-hour student-centered, interactive course incorporating in-class discussions and practical exercises. The course features various speakers on topics tailored to Directors, Deputy Directors, and Operations Managers.

Registration is now open, and seats are available for the October 2-6, 2023, offering.

Click the following link to register today!

https://access.gpstc.org/student/classes/register?courseNumber=L08A23075

For more information, please contact Laloni Smith below.

Laloni G. Smith
Communications Training Supervisor
Georgia Public Safety Training Center
1000 Indian Springs Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
lsmith@gpstc.org

Elections Open for the Georgia APCO Board of Officers

Nominations are open for the Georgia APCO Board of Officers. Elections will be held Wednesday, September 6th, beginning at noon, at The Villas by the Sea in Jekyll Island. The elections will close at 11:59 a.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023. 

In accordance with the Chapter’s Bylaws, the following positions are up for election this year:

Secretary,
Executive Council Representative,
and Two (2) Board Officer-at-Large positions

If you are interested in running for one of the positions listed above, you must submit a letter of interest and a letter of support from your employer. Letters should be mailed to Past President Lynn Smith at:

Lynn Smith
Habersham County E-911
175 EOC Drive
Cornelia, GA 30531

All submissions must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023. Letters can also be sent via e-mail to: lsmith@habershamga.com. 
According to the Chapter Bylaws, any voting-eligible member of APCO, who is in good-standing, may run for a Board Officer-at-Large office (and meet the criteria items a, b and d below). Section 6.6 of the Bylaws requires candidates for positions on the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Council Representative) meet the four following additional qualifications:

(a) Be a voting-eligible member in good standing serving in a non-commercial capacity as set forth in the Membership Policy
(b) Be a citizen of the United States
(c) Have served at least two years in an elected office of the Chapter, and;
(d) Shall have attended a minimum of two of the last three annual meetings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of your Board Officers. We will be happy to assist.

Douglas Bentley

For those of you who did not know, Former Dekalb County Police Department Director of 911 Communications and GA APCO Board Member Douglas Bentley passed away last week. Major Bentley was a graduate of APCO Certified Public Safety Executive (CPE) Class 5 and was a great supporter of not only our chapter but for improving our industry.

Visitation will be at:
Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home:
914 Scenic Hwy S
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Obituary

Friday November 18th from 6pm until 8pm

Funeral Services will be held Saturday November 19th at 10am.

We ask you to keep Douglas’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

Georgia APCO Quorum Resolution 2022-1: Policy Manual Revision

Good afternoon. Please see the attached Quorum Resolution to modify the Chapter Policy Manual (Article V: Board of Officers, Section 5.2.2) – to include an online voting option for the Chapter Board of Officer elections. This revision will be voted on by the membership quorum at the 2022 Fall Training Workshop in September at The Ridges Resort in Hiawassee. 

Georgia APCO Quorum Resolution #2022-1

INTENT:  To modify Chapter Policy Manual – Article V: Board of Officers, Section 5.2.2 – to include an online voting option for the Chapter Board of Officer elections.

MAKER:  Georgia APCO Board of Officers.

WHEREAS (1), the current Georgia APCO Policy Manual does not include verbiage to address online voting; and,

WHEREAS (2), the proposed change to Policy Manual – Article V: Board of Officers, Section 5.2.2 – includes online voting as an option for Chapter Board Officer elections.  Now, therefore be it,

RESOLVED, that the aforementioned modification to the Chapter Policy Manual shall be replaced with the attached paragraph. 

Please reach out to any member of the Board of Officers if you have any questions. Thank you!

Georgia APCO partners with OneSource Counseling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2024

Georgia APCO partners with OneSource Counseling
to offer behavioral health services to public safety

The Georgia Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) has entered into a contract with OneSource Counseling to provide behavioral health services to 911 professionals.

The partnership will provide immediate and direct access to mental health resources to agencies in need. It will also provide additional assistance, guidance, training, and support resources to peer support teams across the state. Through the partnership, Georgia APCO and OneSource can offer a simplistic process for facilitating assistance to agencies after a traumatic, stressful event. The partnership is also intended to provide this assistance to agencies with limited mental health or behavioral resources access for free.

“Georgia APCO is so excited about this partnership and the resources it will bring to the 911 professionals in Georgia,” President Jonathan Jones said. “It is the responsibility of all of us to invest support in mental wellness, and this is one way the Georgia APCO Board hopes to provide additional assistance quickly when there is a need.”

“OneSource is honored to have been chosen to provide behavioral health services to the amazing men and women of Georgia APCO. We will provide mental wellness resources to all the 911 centers state-wide with immediate and effective response,” Dr. Nancy Wesselink said. “We applaud the Executive Board and the Board of Officers for their commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of their membership.”

The annual contract between Georgia APCO and OneSource will provide a pre-determined level of confidential assistance to agencies or personnel and families in need.

Agencies wishing to utilize this service can make a request by contacting Georgia APCO.

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Georgia 911 Directors’ Academy

The Georgia 911 Directors’ Academy is a 40-hour student-centered, interactive course incorporating in-class discussions and practical exercises. The course features various speakers on topics tailored to Directors, Deputy Directors, and Operations Managers.

Registration is now open, and seats are available for the October 2-6, 2023, offering.

Click the following link to register today!

https://access.gpstc.org/student/classes/register?courseNumber=L08A23075

For more information, please contact Laloni Smith below.

Laloni G. Smith
Communications Training Supervisor
Georgia Public Safety Training Center
1000 Indian Springs Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
lsmith@gpstc.org

Chatham County: Mobile Radio Technician 1

For more information or to submit your application, please visit here: https://employee.chathamcounty.org/ess/EmploymentOpportunities/JobDetail.aspx?req=103&sreq=6&form=GEN&desc=MOBILE%20RADIO%20TECHNICIAN%20I

Chatham County Government is seeking a Mobile Radio Tech. Do you have a vocational degree in Electronic Technology plus experience working with portable and mobile radios? Apply today!

Job Summary: Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, provide maintenance, repair, and technical support for the implementation and maintenance of new and existing radio and warning systems. Daily tasks will include testing, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining various radio systems such as base, mobile and portable two-way radios, and associated accessory equipment; performing periodic preventative maintenance inspections on radio equipment and tower sites owned by the county, ensuring UPS and backup generators are serviceable and ready to work in emergencies; inventory orders, stock repair parts, shop consumables and supplies; as well as complete work orders and required reports. The work environment is predominately field based, however attendance to regular meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions are necessary. Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED, and a two (2) year vocational degree in Electronic Technology or related field, or equivalent military training, and one (1) year of experience repairing and maintaining Motorola Astro25 Simulcast 700/800 MHz SmartZone trunked radio equipment and two-way radio installation; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Selected candidate must obtain the APCO Radio Technician Certificate and an FCC General Class Radiotelephone Operator license within twelve (12) months of hire. You may be required to obtain additional specific training and technical certifications.

Chatham County, GA Government, offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and the opportunity to work for a leader in the public sector. Some of our key benefits include generous vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, Employee Health Center, pension plan, 457(b) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts (FSA), professional development, and employee appreciation events. Chatham County, GA Government, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Note: During emergencies and disasters affecting Chatham County, you may be required to report to work as part of a disaster operations team.

Location : CHATHAM EMERGENCY MGMT AGENCY

Job Family : EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Posting Start : 05/11/2023

Posting End : 06/07/2023

SALARY RANGE: $46,706.00-$77,065.00

Elections Open for the Georgia APCO Board of Officers

Nominations are open for the Georgia APCO Board of Officers. Elections will be held Wednesday, September 6th, beginning at noon, at The Villas by the Sea in Jekyll Island. The elections will close at 11:59 a.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023. 

In accordance with the Chapter’s Bylaws, the following positions are up for election this year:

Secretary,
Executive Council Representative,
and Two (2) Board Officer-at-Large positions

If you are interested in running for one of the positions listed above, you must submit a letter of interest and a letter of support from your employer. Letters should be mailed to Past President Lynn Smith at:

Lynn Smith
Habersham County E-911
175 EOC Drive
Cornelia, GA 30531

All submissions must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023. Letters can also be sent via e-mail to: lsmith@habershamga.com. 
According to the Chapter Bylaws, any voting-eligible member of APCO, who is in good-standing, may run for a Board Officer-at-Large office (and meet the criteria items a, b and d below). Section 6.6 of the Bylaws requires candidates for positions on the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Council Representative) meet the four following additional qualifications:

(a) Be a voting-eligible member in good standing serving in a non-commercial capacity as set forth in the Membership Policy
(b) Be a citizen of the United States
(c) Have served at least two years in an elected office of the Chapter, and;
(d) Shall have attended a minimum of two of the last three annual meetings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of your Board Officers. We will be happy to assist.