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Members of PA APCO and PA NENA:

As you are all aware, House Bill 911 was recently enacted into law as Act 12.  The associations of PA APCO and PA NENA have been working behind the scenes, along with PEMA, to assist the Pennsylvania 911 community in transitioning to a world under the new legislation.

One of the key charges to APCO and NENA in the new legislation is to provide recommendations to the Governor for appointments to the 911 Board.  This would be in addition to an organization representative from APCO and NENA serving as non-voting members on the 911 Board.  The language specifying the makeup of the 911 board is included in this email, with the section confirming this highlighted.  

The leadership of PA APCO and PA NENA have agreed to a strategy for working in concert on this.  We have agreed to the following: 

  1. PA APCO and PA NENA are asking members who are interested in serving on the Board to send a formal letter of intent to either Brian Melcer, President, PA NENA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Scott Krater, President, PA APCO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  A resume, biography and 3 references in the PA 911 community should be attached to the letter of intent.  Please submit letters of  intent no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
    • If you had previously indicated your interest verbally or in writing to PA APCO or PA NENA, we are asking you to formally do so again using the guidelines listed above.
    • The legislation requires that the appointee be a 9-1-1 coordinator.  This would be the 9-1-1 coordinator for a county as denoted on PEMA's list of 911 plan  coordinators.
  2. APCO and NENA will obtain the recommendations for Commissioner appointments from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)--when they are ready to release them.  It is our intention to cross check their appointments with the letters of interest received by APCO and NENA, as the legislation has language prohibiting a County Commissioner and a 9-1-1 coordinator from the same county serving on the Board.
  3. APCO and NENA will directly contact the City of Philadelphia and Allegheny County to confirm the name of their 9-1-1 coordinator who will sit on the Board, as is spelled out in the legislation.
  4. At the Fall NENA Conference in September, a joint committee of 3 NENA and 3 APCO executive board members will convene.  Together, they will review the list of interested candidates and select the best recommendations for the Board to submit to Governor Wolf.  As with the spirit of the legislation, the committee will review the candidates to ensure that nominees are sufficiently proficient in 911 policies, operations and technologies and that the nominees provide a  diverse representation from the western, central and eastern regions of this Commonwealth.
  5. Since APCO and NENA must ensure that the appropriate class of counties are represented as per Act 12, if no letters of interest are submitted, they shall reserve the right to contact and recommend a coordinator who has not submitted a letter of intent.
  6. The joint committee of APCO and NENA shall compile the list of recommendations and submit them in a joint letter to the Governor.

We look forward to working with those of you who are interested in serving in this valuable role for 9-1-1 in Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Brian Melcer, President, PA NENA

Scott Krater, President, PA APCO

 

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Establishment of 911 board.--There is established a board within the agency to be known as the 911 board.

The board shall be comprised of the following:

(1)  The following State officials, who shall serve as voting members:

(i)  The director of the agency, who shall act as chairperson.

(ii)  The State 911 coordinator.

(iii)  The Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.

(iv)  The chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Senate.

(v)  The minority chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Senate.

(vi)  The chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives.

(vii)  The minority chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the House of Representatives.

(2)  The following local officials, who shall serve as voting members:

(i)  The mayor of a city of the first class.

(ii)  A county executive of a county of the second class.

(iii)  A county commissioner of a county of the second class A, or a home rule equivalent.

(iv)  A county commissioner of a county of the third or fourth class, or its home rule equivalent.

(v)  Two county commissioners of a county of the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth class, or a home rule equivalent.

(vi)  The 911 coordinator of a city of the first class.

(vii)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the second class.

(viii)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the second class A.

(ix)  The 911 coordinator of a county of the third or fourth class.

(x)  Two 911 coordinators of a county of the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth class.

(3)  A representative from the following State agencies, who shall serve as nonvoting members, to be appointed by the chief executive or administrative officer of each agency:

(i)  The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

(ii)  The Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

(iii)  The Governor's Office of Administration.

(4)  A representative from the following Statewide associations, who shall serve as nonvoting members:

(i)  The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

(ii)  The Fraternal Order of Police.

(iii)  The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.

(iv)  The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

(v)  The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

(vi)  The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association.

(vii)  The Keystone Emergency Management Association.

(viii)  The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.

(ix)  The Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania.

(x)  The Pennsylvania Wireless Association.

(xi)  The Pennsylvania Telephone Association.

(xii)  The Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania.

(xiii)  The Pennsylvania Municipal League.

(xiv)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

(xv)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

(xvi)  The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners.

(5)  A member of the general public, who shall serve as a nonvoting member.

(b.1)  Designee.--A voting member of the board may appoint a designee who must be an employee of the same agency or organization as the voting member to attend meetings.

(b.2)  Gubernatorial appointees.--The Governor shall appoint the board members under subsection (b)(2)(iii), (iv), (v), (viii), (ix) and (x), (4) and (5) upon the recommendation of Statewide organizations and industry segments. Recommendations for appointments of county officials under subsection (b)(2) shall be requested by the Governor from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and recommendations for appointments of 911 coordinators under subsection (b)(2) shall be requested by the Governor from the State chapters of the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Communications Officials. The following shall apply:

(1)  Members appointed by the Governor are appointed to terms of two years and may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

(2)  The Statewide organizations shall ensure that nominees are sufficiently proficient in 911 policies, operations and technologies and that the nominees provide a diverse representation from the western, central and eastern regions of this Commonwealth.

(3)  The Governor shall make the initial appointments of members under subsection (b)(2), (4) and (5) within 90 days of the effective date of this paragraph. Initial terms for members appointed by the Governor shall be divided between one-year and two-year terms.

(4)  Except a member appointed under subsection (b)(2)(i), (ii), (vi) or (vii), the Governor may remove an appointed member of the board for cause upon written notice to the board.

(5)  A member's nonparticipation in three consecutive board meetings may be considered cause for removal.

(b.3)  Quorum.--Thirteen members of the board shall constitute a quorum. When a quorum is present, three-fourths consent of members present and voting is required for any action of the board.

(b.4)  Meetings.--The board shall meet at least once quarterly and at any special session called by the chairperson. All meetings of the board shall be conducted in accordance with 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 (relating to open meetings).

(b.5)  Compensation.--The members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary travel and other expenses in connection with attendance at meetings called by the chairperson.

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