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
Becky SnookSouth 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
Doug Ritter Sheriff Meade County
Vacant
Public Education/Policy/Technology, Chairperson
Brandy ScottDirector Labette ECC
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
Becky SnookKS911 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 11 non-voting members.

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

Name (Term)Info
Vacant
(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 – 2021/2023 — Resigned
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
Doug Ritter
(7/1/2023-6/30/2026)

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
Sheriff Ritter – 07/01/2023- 06/30/2026
Andrea Davis
(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 (Vacant- 01/02/2024
Andrea Davis 07/01/2021-06/30/2024
Andrea Davis 07/01/2025 – 06/30/2027
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
(7/1/2020-6/30/2026)
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
Jac Brown – 07/01/2023- 06/30/26
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
(7/30/2023-6/30/2026)
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
Kevin Irwin
(7/1/2024-6/30/2027)

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 Term limit
Eric Harper – 2023/2026 – resigned
Kevin Irwin – 07/01/2024-06/30/2027
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
(7/1/2023-6/30/2026)
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
Jonathan York – 2023/2026
Jeremy Rabb
(7/1/2023-6/20/2026)
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
Jeremy Rabb – 2023/2026
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
Courtney Prewitt
(7/1/2022-6/30/2025)
Represents Kansas Association of Police Chief’s
History:
Chief Gary Smith – 2012/2016
Chief Dick Heitschmidt – 2014/2016
Chief Dick Heitschmidt – 2016/2019
Chief Jerry Harrison – 2019/2022
Chief Jerry Harrison 07/1/2022-04/05/2024 (resigned)

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 and11 non-voting members.

Non-Voting member term limits is under review by appointments secretaries’ office.

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

Name (Term)Info
Jerry Daniels
(6/30/2023 – 7/1/2026)
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
BECOMES Voting Member 07/01/2025
Darrell Atteberry
07/01/2023- 06/30/26
Title
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
Darrell Atteberry -07/01/2023 – 06/30/26
BECOMES Voting Member 07/01/2025
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
Vacant
(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 – retired
Jim Jamison
(7/1/2023 – 6/30/2025)
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
Jim Jamison – 2023/2025
Michael Daniels
(7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026)
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
Mike Daniels – 2023/2026
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 – pending
(7/1/2023-6/30/2026)
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
(7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025)
Pending appointment verification (Appt Secretary)
Represents Non-Traditional PSAPs
Assistant Director University of Kansas Public Safety

History:
Elizabeth Phillips – 2019/2022
Terry Clark
(7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025)
Pending appointment verification (Appt Secretary)
Represents Non-Traditional PSAPs
Chief of Police
Potawatomi Tribal Police

History:
Chief Terry Clark – 2019/2022

Operations Committee

NameAffiliation
Jeff RidgwayChairperson
Ellis County 911
Cady MacfeeKS Comm. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/T-Mobile
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
Becky SnookKS 911 Coordinating Council, support

Policy and Education Committee

NameAffiliation
VacantChairperson
Vacant
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
Jeff Ridgway Ellis County Communications
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 KuenztlerDirector, Garden City Kansas
Represents PSAP<75,000
Reappointed to three-year term on 7/5/2017
Sherry MasseyGIS Dickenson County

Public-Safety Dispatch Center Inclusion Workgroup

NameAffiliation
Michele AbbottKS 911 Coordinating Council
Kathy KuenztlerDirector, Garden City Kansas
Represents PSAP<75,000
Reappointed to three-year term on 7/5/2017
Sherry MasseyGIS Dickenson County
NameAffiliation
Doug RitterChairperson
Meade County Sheriff
Mike HenningJefferson County
Brandi WalkerHodgeman County
Becky SnookMitchell County
Krista AmaroKiowa County
Elora ForsheeSedgwick County
Tony FosterDouglas County
Elliot LinkeFord County
Ellen WernickeKS 911 Coordinating Council – Support

NameAffiliation
Troy Briggs, ChairmanHaskell County Sheriff
Rick BillingerSenator
John CarmichalKS Representative
Tony FosterDouglas County, 911 Director
Jeremy RabbShawnee County, 911 Director
Doug RitterMeade County Sheriff

Technical Committee/Security

NameAffiliation
Sherry Massey
Chairperson
Hassan Al-RubaieMARC
Jac Brown
Justin VaughnAT&T

Dustin AlexanderAT&T
Brent TreaseAT&T
Jasen PelkeyKBI
Tony FosterDouglas
Mike HenningJefferson County
Joe CurrierSedgwick County
Eric McCurdyAT&T

GIS Committee

NameAffiliation
Ken Nelson (Chair)KGS/DASC
Sherry Massey (Co-Chair)DASC/KU
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)DASC/KU
Eileen BattlesDASC
Scott Ekberg911 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


For additional information please contact Administrative Support

Kansas 911 Coordinating Council | 1-844-271-5301 | k911@teammns.org

  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for January 26th, 2024
  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for April 19th, 2024
  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for June 14th, 2024
  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for August 23rd, 2024
  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for October 25th, 2024
  • Kansas NG911 Council approved minutes for December 13th, 2024