Meet the Chapter Officer Candidates

We have two candidates that has submitted their declaration of candidacy as a Chapter Officer. The positions that are up for election are 2nd Vice President and Treasurer.

Meet the Candidates!

The 2nd Vice President Candidate is Marie Athearn.


Marie Athearn is a results driven community service professional that is dedicated to public safety and has been committed to excellence in emergency communications for 18 years. Marie started her career in 2000 as a police dispatcher and call taker. She transitioned to fire and EMS and has continued to grow with her current emergency communications center. In 2007 Marie certified as a Registered Public Leader (RPL) with APCO. She maintains her certification and continues to expand her knowledge and grow personnel within her organization. Marie has worked her way from a call taker/dispatcher to supervisor to Operations Manager, and is currently the Deputy Director Of Operations and Communications Services with Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications. She is consistent in her approach and always an advocate for positive change for 911 staff, processes, and systems. Her commitment is to efficient and effective 911 processing that strives to be seamless in how we interconnect agencies and technologies that support 911.

The Chapter Treasurer is currently Lori Alexander and she has submitted her declaration for re-election

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I am the 911 Liaison with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, where I among many other things research NG911 and provide guidance and training to Kansas PSAP personnel. Prior to joining the 911 Council I worked for Douglas County Emergency Communications for 18 years in various roles from dispatching, call taking, training officer, supervisor and Deputy Director of the 911 center. While at Douglas County I served as the President and Secretary for the Division One User’s Group. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. In 2015, I obtained Certified Public Manager through Kansas University. I have been an APCO member since 1998 and a NENA member since 2014. In my personal time I serve on the board for the ARC of Douglas County and I just recently became the treasurer with Jefferson County Rural Water District #10. I understand the importance and responsibility of the role of a treasurer with the funds that belong to the members. I have been your Kansas APCO Treasurer for the past two years and would love the opportunity to continue to serve as your treasurer.

Any APCO Member can submit a declaration of candidacy up until the Election on Wednesday October, 10th at the Business Meeting at 1300-1400. You must have an application submitted at that time.

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