Telecommunicator of the Year Award

Hello everyone! We hope that you have all survived the Christmas holiday season. As we look into our 2019 year the top of our list is accepting nominations from you all from the 2018 year. The winners will be recognized at our Spring Conference in Mulvane, April 1st-3rd, 2019. Please go to the Telecommunicator of the Year Nomination page for the forms and further information at  All nominations are due by March 13th, 2019.

We hope that you all have a safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely, The Kansas APCO Board!

Spring 2019 Conference Information

Hello, everyone! We wanted to give a brief update on our planning for Spring 2019 Conference. We know that the holiday time is a very busy time but we have had some questions about our Spring 2019 Conference planning.

Our conference will be at the Kansas Start Casino, Mulvane on April 1st-3rd, 2019. If you would like to do a presentation at our conference please go to our Conference Call for papers here and fill out the form and return by February 1st, 2019. The full instructions are on the form. 

Flash Day will be February 20th, 2019. If you have any questions prior to that date about registration please call the Secretary, Becky Snook at 785-738-7822 or email her at You will get a great savings by enrolling your staff on this date.

We will be working on all of the other details in the next few weeks and will update the conference page as we get it finalized. Please follow our blog or Facebook page, or PSConnect for updates. 

We hope that you all have a safe holiday season!

How to Engage Your Legislators

Hello everyone- We are passionate about the 911 community in Kansas and we want to help you all learn how to be the voice we need to get the new Kansas 911 Act Draft to pass at the next legislative session.

The 911 Coordinating Council has been working hard to make this happen but they need our help!

They will be hosting a Webinar “Lunch and Learn” on November 29th from 1200-1300 hours. This is a web conference being presented by Josh Michaelis on “How to Engage Your Legislators.” If you can not attend the presentation it will be recorded and shared on the 911 Coordinating Councils web page.

Meeting Wall:
US Toll Number: (518) 530-1840
MeetingID: 912-550-374

It is important that we share our stories of how we struggle as the 911 community to keep up financially on the new technology and other expenses it takes to help save lives.

For more information you can contact Lori Alexander at

2018 Fall Conference in Review

What a great week it has been! We had an awesome turn out for our Fall Conference that was co-hosted with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council. The conference committee did a fantastic job bringing us great training and social networking opportunities.

Some highlights of our time in Salina:

  1. Monday training and meetings
  2. Monday night social with games, snacks and good conversations
  3. Keynote Speaker Nathan Lee from the Denise Amber Lee Foundation on Tuesday.
  4. Our Tuesday lunch time entertainment was Trooper Ben from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Educating us on his experience as one of the “Tweeting Troopers”.
  5. Many great breakout sessions Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
  6. Tuesday night banquet where we honored our newest Kansas Life Member, Elizabeth Phillips. We followed our meal with some entertainment by a comedic magician.
  7. Lots of great prizes that were donated to our event.
  8. Wednesday we followed up with more great classes to include Tai Chai for dispatchers, responder to responder training brought to us by the 10-33 Foundation.
  9. After lunch on Wednesday we had more breakout classes and our Fall APCO Board of Officers Election where our Treasurer Lori Alexander was re-elected and Marie Athearn became our new 2nd Vice President for 2019.
  10. Our biggest prize of the conference was a 39 inch tv won by Derek Schmidt.

We had 141 attendees and 51 of them were brand new to our conference.

Please check out our Facebook page for pictures and posts throughout the event.

We can’t thank our Committee members, sponsors and instructors enough for all that they do to make this happen. We can’t wait to see you all again in the Spring!

Spring 2019 Conference will be held April 1st-3rd, 2019 at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. A committee is currently being formed to assist with this conference. Please contact the 1st or 2nd vice president to sign up for the committee.

Thank you all for coming!

Updated training opportunities can be found here.

Special Business Meeting Announcement

apco logoWe have a special announcement for our first Business Meeting on October 8th, 2018 from 1400-1600. We will be meeting right after the NENA chapter meeting to announce a Life Member nomination for Elizabeth Phillips from KU Public Safety. We will be voting on this nomination at this time. This meeting will be in the Earhart room at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Salina. If you would like to show your support for this nomination, please feel free to attend. Only full members can vote. The reason for this early meeting is so that we can honor Liz at the Banquet on Tuesday night.

A 2nd business meeting will be on Wednesday October 10th from 1300-1400 to finish up our conference items. The agenda for each meeting will be posted later this week.

We Have an App for That

Hello Friends- We hope that you are all getting pumped up for our conference starting next week!

We are one week away from our pre-conference day and we wanted to share with you information on our App for the Fall conference. The Salina Area Chamber and Kansas APCO are sponsoring the app. If you would like to see an app considered for future conferences we need to see that it will get used. The app will include schedule, bio’s for instructors, social media links, and some special offers from Salina Area Chamber.

You can download it to your phone or other mobile devices. Go to the link above to find out download instructions.

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

lori bio pic

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.

Things to Know Before You Go

We have many new attendees coming to our conference and may not know what to expect. The following are some things to know before you go to conference. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Secretary at or 785-738-7822. Today is the last day to be guaranteed a t shirt with registration or order extra. You can still register for the conference up to the first day.

2018 Fall Kansas APCO Conference Salina, KS
October 8th-10th, 2018

Things to Know

The Fall Conference Hosts, KS APCO, 911 Coordinating Council, and local agency assistance from Salina Police Department want to inform all of our attendees of some of the highlights for the Fall KS APCO Conference.

Registration will be Open:
Monday 0700-1700
Tuesday 0700-0800
Wednesday 0700-0800
You must sign in at the registration table.

Monday will be meetings and Pre-Conference classes. You must sign up for the classes separately. Full Schedule information has been updated.

New Attendees are invited to a class specific to you on Monday from 1600-1700.

1st Business Meeting 1400-1600 Monday–Life Member Nomination vote

2nd Business Meeting 1300-1400 Wednesday–Officer Elections


Welcome Social will be from 2000-2200. Light h hors d’oeuvre will be served and games to play or you can just sit and visit.
• Cranberry chili meatballs
• Garden vegetable display
• Seasonal fruit & berry display
• Turkey, bacon, cream cheese, and chive roll up
• Brisket & blue cheese crostini
• Tortilla chips & salsa
• Water
• Cash Bar available

Meal tickets for Tuesday lunch, Tuesday Banquet, and Wednesday Lunch will be in your name badge holder. You only receive the tickets that you signed up for. You must present the meal ticket at the door, to eat the meal. You can still attend the lunch time events, without eating. (we need to do this to save on food costs)

o Tuesday Lunch – American Deli Buffet
• Soup
• Tossed garden salad
• Baked potato salad
• Potato chips
• Sandwich
• Deli sliced turkey, ham & roast beef
• Avocado, cucumber, mushroom, sprouts & spinach
• Sliced American, cheddar & swiss cheese
• Lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle
• Sourdough & whole grain bread, pretzel buns, and wraps
• Comes with coffee, tea, and water
• Chef’s choice dessert
o Director/Vendor and Director/APCO Board/911 Council Meet and Greet from 1830-1900
Opportunity for supervisors/directors to meet and mingle with the vendors and meet the APCO Board and 911 Council members. Access limited to management.

o Tuesday Banquet— Banquet from 1900-2200
o Cash Bar (at participants cost)
o Prayer Randall White (NG911 Project Manager)
o Sit down meal
• Chicken Marsala
• Salad
• Vegetable
• Rolls/butter
• NY style cheesecake
o Entertainment Comedian Magician Dewayne Hill
o Cash Bar (at participants cost)

Wednesday Lunch- 1130-1230 Meal– Country Buffett lunch
o Prayer – Randall White
o Do a few prizes
o Election Candidates do quick speech
o Country Buffet
• Garden Salad
• Sweet corn
• Mashed potatoes and gravy
• Chicken fried steak
• Over roasted chicken
• Rolls and butter
• Comes with coffee, tea, and water
• Chef’s choice dessert
Thank you to all of the committee members who have worked very hard to make this conference happen. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who help us each conference to bring the best training and networking opportunities.

Conference Update

The Conference Schedule has been completed and posted on our conference page.

Please note that the host Hotel Hilton Garden Inn has sold out of it’s rooms. Please go to the hotel information page for the other two hotels that are available near by.

If you want to be guaranteed a T shirt with your registration or extra shirts we need that information by September 21st. 

Thank you to all of the Fall APCO Committee members who are bringing us some great classes, networking opportunities and much more!

Thank you to our Sponsors who help make this possible!


Pre-Conference Class Information

Hello Everyone- The Fall Conference committee has been working very hard on the conference schedule. We want to share some pre-conference information with you.

If you go to the conference page you will find a tab at the top call Pre-conference Class Sign up. To attend the classes on this list the instructor wants you to sign up so they can prepare class materials.

You must have a 1 day pass or full registration to attend those classes. Lunch is NOT provided on Monday. You will be on your own.

We are also still looking for candidates for the Fall Election of Chapter 2nd Vice President and Treasurer. If you want to know more about that please visit the Election information page.

You can register for the conference on the Conference Registration page. As always, if you have any questions please send us a message. We hope to see you in Salina!