APCO Names Maier Chief Technology Officer
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International named Mel Maier, former commander of the Emergency Communications and Operations Division of the Oakland County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office, as its new chief technology officer (CTO).

Maier began his new position March 14. As APCO’s CTO, Maier will lead the organizations’s technical efforts related to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1), cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.

Maier began his career in public safety more than 30 years ago as a patrol officer with the Garden City (Michigan) Police Department. After that, he served as patrol sergeant and lieutenant, and he joined the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. In his previous position Maier was responsible for overseeing radio and 9-1-1 emergency communications and was the sheriff’s communications representative within Oakland County’s Homeland Security and Emergency Operations Center.

Maier has been an active voice for public-safety communications at the national level. He has served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, on the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), and as the leader of the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition.

“The APCO International family of elected officers and staff are thrilled that Mel is joining APCO,” said APCO Executive Director and CEO Derek K. Poarch. “Mel’s expertise in public-safety communications is well-recognized in the 9-1-1 community, and we feel confident that his knowledge and experience will help lead our association and members well into the future as our CTO.”

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