Parkinson Named Executive Director of FirstNet
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board named Edward Parkinson executive director of the organization.

Parkinson was named acting executive director for FirstNet in October 2018 following the resignation of former CEO Mike Poth. Under Parkinson’s leadership, FirstNet released its road map and FirstNet’s first set of investment opportunities for expanding and enhancing the network.

“After conducting a comprehensive and thorough search, we are pleased to announce the selection of Ed Parkinson to be the executive director of the FirstNet Authority,” said Edward Horowitz, FirstNet board chair. “Ed’s leadership has been instrumental to the success of FirstNet, and he brings a passion and vision for the job that will ensure the organization continues to deliver for our nation’s first responders. Speaking on behalf of the FirstNet Authority board, I congratulate him on the selection and thank Jeff Bratcher for serving in key leadership duties during the search. We look forward to continuing our work together to fully realize the promise of FirstNet for all of public safety.”

Parkinson was one of the first employees to join FirstNet in 2013, and since then he has served in a variety of leadership positions within the organization, including executive director of external affairs. Prior to joining FirstNet, he worked on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee for then Chairman Peter T. King. During his time with the committee, Parkinson drafted the initial bill that began the effort to create FirstNet.

“We congratulate the FirstNet board for its decision to name Ed Parkinson as executive director,” said Douglas Kinkoph, performing the delegated duties of the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information. “Ed’s energy and enthusiasm for the FirstNet mission, and deep roots in the public safety community, make him the right person to oversee the successful deployment of a world-class dedicated public-safety communications network.”

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