New FirstNet Board Members Sworn In
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Comments

Seven new or reappointed First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board members were officially sworn in Dec. 11 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The board oversees the activities of FirstNet to ensure that its public-private partnership with AT&T continues to develop, build and operate a nationwide public-safety broadband network.

The new members were announced in October and bring the FirstNet board to a full complement, with 12 nonpermanent members selected by the Commerce Department and three permanent seats filled by the attorney general, secretary of homeland security and the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

New members include:
• Richard Carrizzo, chief of the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, Kansas City, Missouri, who also serves as lead fire representative on the board that manages the region’s 9-1-1 system;
• Welton Chase Jr., Brig. Gen. (ret.), U.S. Army, Army Information Technology (Signal), who led the Army's largest theater IT organization supporting more than 430,000 Army users across 81 data centers in 38 states;
• Brian Crawford, chief administrative officer, city of Shreveport, Louisiana, responsible for the city’s fire, police and public works departments;
• Billy Hewes, mayor, Gulfport, Mississippi, who has played a key role in recovery operations from natural and man-made disasters;
• Paul R. Patrick, division director, Family Health and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, and past president of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).

In September, Ross reappointed Edward Horowitz to the board and named him board chair.

In addition, Repio CEO Neil Cox was reappointed to serve a new three-year term. Cox chairs the FirstNet board’s technology committee.

“FirstNet is making a real difference for first responders and the communities in which they serve,” Ross said. “The FirstNet board is entrusted with making sure the brave men and women responsible for public safety have the communications tools they need to keep Americans safe and secure. Realizing the full potential of FirstNet is a top priority of the Department of Commerce.”

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