Candidate for 1st Vice President
Jason E. Kern, RPL, ENP, CPE
During my first year on the Executive Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to further my commitment to you, the membership of APCO and the public safety communications industry as your Second Vice President. It has been a whirlwind of activity, meetings and learning which has been made easier with the comradery of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and dialogue from our members. These amazing groups reaffirm my desire to lead this association and challenge all of us.
The last six months have been some of the most challenging times both personally and professionally. My son’s eLearning, wife’s furlough, agencies’ rapid policy changes and my overwhelming concern for the physical and mental health of those I work with, indubitably created stress. I assimilate the first half of 2020 to a hot Saturday night shift in July where the calls keep coming and we can’t take a breath. We’ve gone from a pandemic that has impacted the health, financial stability and mental health of our centers, our agency partners and the communities we live in and serve to civil unrest that has created mistrust and divided many across the world. The compassion, drive and ability to serve from our front-line public safety telecommunicators, managers and support staff has been nothing short of heroic.
As your First Vice President, I pledge to continue forging ahead with the mission to lead the public safety communications industry. Serving in this position requires dialogue and frequent communications with our membership, industry partners, and other public safety associations to help us grow into the future and continue to meet the needs of our members and our industry. As a public-safety association we are fortunate to have a large, growing and diverse membership; it is our members that drive us and allow us to succeed.
In the years to come, it is imperative we progress with the future of our industry as described in Project 43; create opportunities for training and standards across the country; concentrate on the mental and physical health of our peers; and obtain recognition for the first responders that we truly are! It is my continued goal to mentor individuals, foster leadership and instill confidence in others to make decisions that will positively impact us in the years to come. After serving this membership during my first year, my drive to push those goals forward is stronger than ever. While we cannot lose sight of our goals, it is also vital as a leader to be able to adapt as needed. Our society and our industry are rapidly changing and I will continue to diligently monitor, communicate, and respond to this changing world as we continually evolve our profession.
Please take the opportunity to vote Yes for Jason Kern as your APCO International First Vice President.