About


The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council was created by the Kansas 911 Act (K.S.A 12-5362 et seq) and is tasked with monitoring the delivery of 911 services, developing strategies for future enhancements to the 911 system.

Mission

To serve Kansas PSAPs by providing a coordinated, sustainable and comprehensive Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) service that responds anytime, anywhere, from any device in order to realize the full potential for 9-1-1 to provide public access to emergency services.

Vision

The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council was created by the Kansas 911 Act (K.S.A 12-5362 et seq) and is tasked with monitoring the delivery of 911 services, developing strategies for future enhancements to the 911 system.


Organization of the 911 Council


NamePosition
Scott EkbergNG911 Administrator
Michele AbbottCommunication | Training Coordinator
Angela MurphySouth NG911 Liaison
Ellen WernickeNorth NG911 Liaison
NamePosition
Sherry MasseyGIS/Tech Specialist
Randall WhiteProgram Manager
NameInfo
Sheriff Troy BriggsNon-voting member
Sheriff – Haskell County
Chairman, Kansas 911 Coordinating Council
NameInfo
Sheriff Troy BriggsSheriff Haskell County
Chairman
Ken NelsonKansas Geological Survey (KGS)
Manager, Data Access and Support (DASC)
Represents GIS
Becky SnookDirector, Mitchell County 911
Public Education/Policy/Technology, Chairperson
Josh MichaelisDirector- Rice County Emergency Communications
Chair, Operations Committee
Scott Ekberg, SupportKS911 Coordinating Council
State Administrator
Michele Abbott, SupportKS911 Coordinating Council
Communications | Training Coordinator
Sherry Massey, SupportKS911 Coordinating Council
GIS/Tech Specialist
Eileen Battles, SupportKansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)
Manager
Angela Murphy SupportKS911 Coordinating Council
South Liaison
Ellen Wernicke, SupportKS911 Coordinating Council
North Liaison
Randall White, SupportKSNG911
Project Manager

The Council is a team of volunteers appointed by the governor.  Each member is a subject matter expert having special background and experience with each critical element of 911 public safety.  Council membership includes 17 voting members and nine non-voting members.

The official calendar of meetings may be found at https://publicsquare.ks.gov/.  Search word “911”.

Name (Term)Info
Brooks Wederski
(7/1/2021 – 6/30/2024)
Technology Director, City of Colby
Represents Government IT

History:
Chris Kelly – 2012/2015
Paul Haugan – 2015/2018
Mike Albers – 2016/2018
Mike Albers – 2018/2021
Brooks Wederski – 2020/2021
Brooks Wederski – 2021/2024
John Carmichael
(7/1/2022-current)
Kansas Representative, District 92 Democrat
House Minority Leader Appointment

History:
Representative John Alcala – 2012/2019
Representative John Carmichael 07/1/2019-06/30/2022
Representative John Carmichael – current
VACANT
(7/1/2020-6/30/2023)
Sheriff, Haskell County
Represents Kansas Sheriff’s Association

History:
Sheriff Denning – 2014/2017
Sheriff Briggs – 2016/2017
Sheriff Briggs – 2017/2020
Sheriff Briggs – 2020/2023
Sheriff Briggs – Appointed Chairman 05/01/2023
Becky Snook
(7/1/2021-6/30/2024)
Director, Mitchell County Kansas
Represents Kansas Chapter of APCO

History:
Pat Collins – 2012/2015
Kathy Kuenstler – 2014/2015
Kathy Kuenstler – 2015/2018
Kathy Kuenstler – 2018/2019
2019 Legislation – change from PSAP of any size to Representing KS Chapter of APCO
Kathy Kuenstler – 2019/2021
Becky Snook – 2021/2024
Marci Francisco
(2012/Current)
Kansas Senator, District 2 Democrat

History:
Senator Francisco – 2012/Current
Kyle Hoffman
(2012- Current)
Kansas Representative, District 116 Republican

History:
Representative Kyle Hoffman – 2012/Current
Jacqueline Brown
(7/1/2020-6/30/2023)
IT, Riley County Police Department
Represents Government IT

History:
Richard Voigt – 2012/2014
Mike Leiker – 2013/2014
Mike Leiker – 2014/2017
Mike Leiker – 2017/2020
Jac Brown – 2020/2023
Brandon Beck
(7/1/2021-6/30/2024)
Represents EMS
Brandon Beck
Fire Chief, City of Emporia
Lyon’s County

History:
Bob Boaldin – 2012/2015
Kerry McCue – 2015/2015
Kerry McCue – 2015/2018
Kerry McCue – 2018/2021
Nick Robbins – 2020/2021
Nick Robbins – 2021/2024
Brandon Beck — replacing Nick Robbins
(Fulfills term through 06/30/24)
Scott Hilbrink
(7/30/2021-6/30/2023)
Assistant Fire Chief, City of Colby
Represents Fire Chief Association

History:
Chief Napolitano – 2012/2016
Chief McLemore – 2015/2016
Chief McLemore – 2016/2019
Chief McLemore – 2019/2021
Assistant Chief Hilbrink – 2021/2023
Josh Michaelis
(7/1/2020-6/30/2023)
Director, Rice County Emergency Communications
Represents PSAP<75,000

History:
Jimmy Reed – 2012/2014
Jimmy Reed – 2014/2017
Josh Michaelis – 2014/2017
Josh Michaelis – 2017/2020
Josh Michaelis – 2020/2023
Catherine Macfee
(07/01/22-06/30/2025)
Represents Kansas Commissions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

History:
Jessica Rosenthal – 2012/2016
Robert Cooper – 2014/2016
Robert Cooper – 2016/2019
Robert Cooper – 2019/2022
Cather “Cady” Macfee 07/01/22 – 06/30/25
Jonathan York
(7/1/2020-6/30/2023)
Kansas Department of Emergency Management
Branch Director
Represents Adjutant General’s Office

History:
Jessica Frye – 2012/2014
Col. Chris Stratman – 2013/2014
Col. Chris Stratman – 2014/2017
Col. Chris Stratman – 2017-2020
Jonathan York – 2018/2020
Jonathan York – 2020/2023
Jeremy Rabb
(7/1/2020-6/20/2023)
911 Director, Shawnee County
Represents PSAP>75,000

History
Walt Way – 2012/2014
Walt Way – 2014/2017
Ellen Wernicke – 2015/2017
Ellen Wernicke – 2017/2020
Ellen Wernicke – 2020/2023 Resigned 08/15/22.
Jeremy Rabb – fills remainder of E Wernicke term 06/20/2023
Krista Amaro
07/01/2021-06/30/2024
911 Director, Kiowa County
Represents PSAP<75,000

History:
Michele Abbott – 2012/2015
Michele Abbott – 2015/2018
Sherry Massey – 2017/2018
Sherry Massey – 2018/2021
Sherry Massey – 2021/2024
Krista Amaro – fills S Massey term 07/01/2021-06/30/2024
Tony Foster
(06/07/2022-06/30/2025)
Represents PSAP>75,000

History:
Kim Pennington – 2012/2016
Lance Royer – 2015/2016
Lance Royer – 2016/2019
Melanie Bergers – 2017/2019
Melanie Bergers – 2019/2022 — (resigned)
Tony Foster 06/2022 – 06/2025
Rick Billinger
(2017-Current)
Kansas Senator, Republican

History:
Senator Pat Apple – 2012/2014
Vacant 2014/2-2017
Senator Rick Billinger 2017-Current
Jerry Harrison
(7/1/2022-6/30/2025)
Represents Kansas Police Officer’s Association

History:
Chief Gary Smith – 2012/2016
Chief Dick Heitschmidt – 2014/2016
Chief Dick Heitschmidt – 2016/2019
Chief Jerry Harrison – 2019/2022
Chief Jerry Harrison 07/1/2022-06/30/2025

The Council is an elite team of volunteers appointed by the governor.  Each member is a subject matter expert having special background and experience with each critical element of 911 public safety.  Council membership includes 17 voting members and nine non-voting members.

The official calendar of the KS911 Coordinating Council may be found here https://publicsquare.ks.gov/.  Search word “911”.

Name (Term)Info
Jerry Daniels
(6/30/2020 – 7/1/2023)
County Commissioner, Allen County
Represents Kansas Association of Counties
Appointed to three-year term on 7/5/2017 and 7/1/2021

History:
Rob Roberts – 2012/2014
Robert Boyd – 2014/2017
Jerry Daniels – 2017/2017
Jerry Daniels – 2017/2020
Jerry Daniels – 2020/2023
VacantTitle
Represents League of Kansas Municipalities
Appointed to three-year term

History:
Kim Winn – 2012/2014
Harry Smith – 2014/2017
David Cowen – 2015/2017
David Cowen – 2017/2020
Vacant – 2020/2023
Sara Spinks
(7/1/2019 – 6/30/2022)
Pending Appointment Verification for renewal
Represents Kansas Office of Information Technology Services
Appointed to three year term

History:
Jay Coverdale – 2012/2015
Jay Coverdale – 2015/2018
Sara Spinks – 2018/2018
Sara Spinks – 2019/2022
Mark Tucker
(7/1/2021-6/30/2024)
Cox Communications
Represents VOIP
Appointed to three-year term on 8/2018 reappointed 7/1/2021

History:
Colleen Jennison – 2012/2015
Colleen Jennison – 2015/2018
Larry Dexter – 2016/2018
Mark Tucker – 2018/2021
Mark Tucker – 2021/2024
Michael Ruffin
(7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023)
Local Exchange Carrier
Appointed to three-year term on 7/1/2021

History:
Phill Ryan – 2012/2014
Phill Ryan – 2014/2017
John Fox – 2015/2017
John Fox – 2017/2020
John Fox – 2020/2023
Michael Ruffin – 2021/2023
Michael Daniels
(7/1/2021 – 6/30/2024)
Public Safety Administrative Manager, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Appointed to fill George Walker’s term 1/22/2020 to 6/30/2021 and reappointed 7/1/2021

History:
Keith Faddis – 2012/2015
Keith Faddis – 2015/2018
Adam Geffert – 2016/2018
Bill Walker – 2018/2021
Mike Daniels – 2020/2021
Mike Daniels – 2021/2021
Patrick Fucik
(7/1/2021-6/30/2023)
Manager, Wireless 911 Implementation for T-Mobile
Represents Large Wireless Providers
Appointed 7/2018 and reappointed 2021

History:
Rusty Griffin – 2012/2014
Rusty Griffin – 2014/2017
Rusty Griffin – 2017/2020
Patrick Fucik – 2018/2020
Patrick Fucik – 2020/2023
Ken Nelson
(7/1/2021-6/30/2024)
Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) Manager, Data Access and Support (DASC)
Represents GIS
Reappointed to three-year term on 7/5/2017

History:
Ivan Weichert – 2012/2014
Ken Nelson – 2014/2014
Ken Nelson – 2014/2017
Ken Nelson – 2017/2020
Ken Nelson – 2021/2024
Rob McDonald
(7/1/2021-6/30/2023)
Represents Rural Independent Phone Companies
Appointed 7/2018 and reappointed 2021

History:
Jimmy Todd – 2012/2015
Jimmy Todd – 2015/2018
Vacant – 2016/2017
Rob McDonald – 2017/2020
Rob McDonald – 2020/2023
Elizabeth Phillips
(7/1/2019 – 6/30/2022)
Pending appointment verification (Appt Secretary)
Represents Non-Traditional PSAPs
Assistant Director University of Kansas Public Safety

History:
Elizabeth Phillips – 2019/2022
Terry Clark
(7/1/2019 – 6/30/2022)
Represents Non-Traditional PSAPs
Chief of Police
Potawatomi Tribal Police

History:
Chief Terry Clark – 2019/2022

Operations Committee

NameAffiliation
Josh MichaelisDirector/Rice County Emergency Communications
Chairperson
Cady MacfeeKS Comm. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/T-Mobile
Becky SnookDirector/Mitchell County Emergency Communications
Tony FosterDeputy Director, Douglas County Emergency Communications
Krista AmaroOffice Manager, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office/911
Jeremy RabbDirector, Shawnee County Emergency Communications
Ryan MitchellAssistant Director, Butler County Emergency Communications
Ellen Wernicke, SupportKS 911 Coordinating Council

KSNG911 Policy and Education Committee

NameAffiliation
Becky Snook
Mitchell County 911, Director
Chairperson
Cady MacFeeKS Comm. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/T-Mobile
Roxy VanGundyLyon County Emergency Communications
Josh MichaelisRice County Emergency Communications
Brandi WalkerHodgeman County Emergency Communication
Eric HarperCheyenne
Krista AmarroKiowa County Emergency Communications
Brian MeisHays
Pam OpokaMARC
Michele Abbott, SupportKS 911 Coordinating Council

PSDC – Mission Completed – Inactive Committee

Public-Safety Dispatch Center Inclusion Workgroup

NameAffiliation
Michele AbbottKS 911 Coordinating Council
Kathy KuenstlerDirector, Garden City Kansas
Represents PSAP<75,000
Reappointed to three-year term on 7/5/2017
Sherry MasseyGIS Dickenson County
NameAffiliation
Josh Michaelis Chairperson
Rice County
Mike Henning Jefferson County
Brandi Walker Hodgeman County
Becky SnookMitchell County
Krista AmaroKiowa County
Elora ForsheeSedgwick County
Tony Foster Douglas County
Eric HarperCheyenne County
Pam OpokaMid America Regional Council
Angela Murphy, SupportKS 911 Coordinating Council

Technical Committee

NameAffiliation
Sherry MasseyKS911 Coordinating Council
Chairperson
Hassan Al-BuaieMARC
Brooks WederskiKGS/DASC
Jac Brown
Justin VaughnAT&T

Dustin AlexanderAT&T
Brent TreaseAT&T
Joe MandalaKBI
Tony FosterDouglas
Jeff MaxonState of Kansas
Mike HenningJefferson County
Joe CurrierSedgwick County
Eric McCurdyAT&T
Terry McClartyAT&T

GIS Committee

NameAffiliation
Ken Nelson (Chair)KGS/DASC
Sherry Massey (Co-Chair)DASC
Eileen BattlesDASC
Eamonn CoveneyCity of Hays/Ellis County
Kyle GonterwitzKDOT
Saralyn HayesMARC
Jack JosephSedgwick County
Sheri TaylorRiley County, KS
Mike D’AttilioKS Adjutant General’s Office/Division of Emergency Management

SIF Working Group- Historical Only- Inactive Committee

NameAffiliation
Ken Nelson (Chair)KGS/DASC
Sherry Massey (Co-Chair)Dickinson County, KS
Eileen BattlesDASC
Scott Ekberg911 Council
Lori Criqui911 Council

Project Contracts


Allied Technical Consultants, IncProposal
Contract
GeoCommProposal
Contract
GIS Data Resources, Inc.Proposal
Contract
Kimble Mapping, Inc.Proposal
Contract
R&S Digital Services, Inc.Proposal
Contract
Alexander Open Systems (AOS)Contract

Council Meeting Minutes


  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted January 22, 2022
    Kansas NG911 Council Handouts for January 20, 2023
  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted April 15, 2022
    -Kansas NG911 Council Handouts for April 20, 2023
  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted June 9, 2023
    Kansas NG911 Council Handouts for June 9th, 2023
  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted August 26, 2023
    Kansas NG911 Council Final Handouts for August 26, 2023
  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted October 27, 2023
    Kansas NG911 Council Handouts for October 27, 2023
  • Kansas NG911 Council Final Minutes to be posted December 9, 2022
    Kansas NG911 Council Final Handouts for December 9, 2022