Candidate for 2nd Vice President
Margie Moulin, RPL, CPE
My name is Margie Moulin and I am a candidate for Second Vice President of APCO International for 2018. I believe my experience, passion, and commitment to this profession over the past 27 years, qualifies me for leadership in this association.
I first became a member of APCO in 1994. My involvement at the Chapter level increased when I began serving on the Oregon combined APCO/NENA Chapter Executive Committee as Vice President (2005), President (2006), Immediate Past President (2007), and as Oregon’s Executive Council Representative to APCO International from 2009-2015. I have had the opportunity to serve as co-chair of the western regional conference, and spent several years on the state’s legislative committee.
I have served on numerous national APCO committees, beginning with the Awards committee in 2008, and serving as the chair until being appointed as a Group Leader in 2012. The Group Leader position tasked me with providing operational oversight to APCO committees in addition to being the liaison between the committees and the APCO Executive Board. In 2013, I was selected as the Group Leader Chair and served in that capacity until 2015 when I was elected to my current position as a Western Region Representative on the APCO Board of Directors.
An impactful part of my APCO career was the ability to not only graduate from the first Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Class in 2007, but also from the inaugural Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Class in 2017. I truly value the benefits of APCO training that allows me to positively impact my agency. my peers, and my profession.
My personal career as a Telecommunicator began in 1991 when I was hired by Southern Oregon Regional Communications (SORC). I worked as a Telecommunicator, Communications Training Officer, Operations Supervisor, Operations Manager, and Assistant Director prior to being promoted to the position of Director in 2006.
Shortly after becoming the Director, our governing board and the neighboring PSAP began very tough discussions on potential consolidation for the two PSAP’s serving Jackson County, OR. I was fortunate to be directly involved in this large consolidation project and was able to fall back on my strong relations with all involved to help navigate to the best solution for our citizens and user agencies. This eventually resulted in the creation of a single combined PSAP and a new facility. The opportunity to plan, coordinate and manage this endeavor, including the design and construction of the new building, and subsequent move, was a tremendous learning opportunity. At the completion of this project in 2009, I was selected as the Director of the newly formed entity, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO), and remain in that position today.
The challenges facing our profession over the next several years are tremendous, from Next Gen 9-1-1, to bringing well-earned recognition to our Telecommunicators. However, with the vast knowledge and experience of our membership both technically and operationally, APCO is poised to provide the tools and education necessary to meet these challenges head on.
I am eager to help guide our association to ensure we have the right voice balancing our critical needs. These needs include staffing, education and training, and technology, which encompasses First Net, NextGen, GIS, Radio, and Telephone. These must also be balanced with the operational impacts created by these changes, all while ensuring our profession is recognized appropriately for the first responder work we do every day.
With the support of my family, my agency, and my state chapter, I humbly ask for your vote for the position of APCO International 2nd Vice President.
Margie D. Moulin