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Gary Bell, director of emergency preparedness for Waukesha County, Wisconsin, was sworn in as president of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). He leads the organization’s nearly 16,000 members in efforts to improve 9-1-1 through research, standards development, training, education, outreach and advocacy.

A second-generation dispatcher, Bell has worked in 9-1-1 for nearly three decades. His public-safety career includes service as a 9-1-1 telecommunicator, communications training officer, supervisor and manager. In his current position, he oversees communications, emergency management and radio services for a populous county in southeast Wisconsin.

Prior to his election as second vice president in 2018 and subsequent ascension to first vice president and now president, Bell served on the NENA board as north central region director. He is a past president of the Wisconsin chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and previously served on the NENA Institute Board, the body charged with overseeing the emergency number professional (ENP) certification program.

In addition, nine other members of NENA’s board of directors were sworn in: Immediate Past President Monica Million, Northeastern Director Erin Malloy, Private Sector Director Karin Marquez, Canadian Director Holly Barkwell, Western Director Bruce Romero, North Central Director Daryl Ostendorf, Southeastern Director Cassie Lowery, First Vice President Jennifer White and Second Vice President Laurie Anderson.

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