2 Public-Safety Professionals Appointed to FirstNet Board
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | Comments

Two public-safety leaders were appointed to the board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The new members include Karima Holmes, director, Office of Unified Communications, Washington, D.C. She supervises all of the district’s emergency 9-1-1 and basic city service 3-1-1 call activities. Holmes led efforts to prepare the district’s dispatch centers to accept next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

In addition, the board added Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of police, Houston, who serves as an executive command officer with the Houston Police Department where he manages the investigative and special operations functions that include 22 divisions and five commands.

The new members bring the FirstNet board to a full complement, with 12 non-permanent members selected by the Department of Commerce and three permanent seats filled by the attorney general, the secretary of homeland security and the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The board oversees the activities of FirstNet to ensure the building, deployment and operation of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

“These new board members will ensure FirstNet continues to deliver for America’s emergency responders,” said Ross. “I thank our new members for bringing their leadership to the board and guiding FirstNet in its mission to save lives and keep our communities safe.”

“As FirstNet expands its public-safety network throughout the country and supports our first responders, I’m confident in the FirstNet Authority board’s membership and leadership under Ed Horowitz,” said Diane Rinaldo, acting assistant secretary for communications and information and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administrator. “I also want to thank our outgoing members Teri Takai and Richard Ross for their service to FirstNet and the public-safety community.”

“I am pleased to welcome our newest members to the FirstNet Authority board,” said Chair Edward Horowitz. “They are experts in their fields and bring additional substantive technical and public-safety experience to the board as we continue to drive the FirstNet road map forward based on public safety’s priorities. I want to personally thank Secretary Ross for his continued support of FirstNet with these new appointments.”

All the FirstNet board members are here.

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