Public Safety Communications - September/October 2015 - (Page 12)
A WE Mentality Makes
all the Difference
PSC | apcointl.org
By Brent Lee
ne of the privileges of being the APCO
president is having the opportunity to write
messages to the membership for each edition of this publication. If you don't mind, for this
first one, I'd like to use portions of the speech I
gave in Washington, D.C., after being sworn in as
First, let me tell you what a privilege and honor
it is to serve as the president of our great association. I am truly humbled to be representing APCO
International, holding its highest elected position. My
commitment to you is that as we go forward I will do
everything possible as your president to ensure we
work together as an executive committee, board of
directors, executive council and as the membership as
a whole to further causes that are in the best interest
of our association and public safety.
Having said that, I want you to know that this
coming year is not about ME, it's about WE! As I
mentioned, it is a great honor and privilege to be
your president, and I will do everything within my
power to represent you well over the coming year. I
won't let you down but want you to know it isn't just
about ME, it's about ... WE!
This great association's foundation is that of a WE
association. So much a WE association that there are
many safeguards in place to ensure it isn't about ME.
As your president, there truly isn't much I can do by
myself. I can suggest, I can encourage, I can fight for
my beliefs as to what is best, but when it comes down
to little ol' me, I can do very little without the concurrence of the other three elected executive committee
members and, in many cases, the board of directors.
Executive-level decisions in this association are made
as WE's not ME's.
When it comes to the daily operation of APCO,
it takes four WE's, not one ME. When it comes to
the policy and fiduciary responsibility, it takes the
majority of the 13 WE's, the board of directors, made
up of the four elected executive committee members
plus the eight elected regional representatives and
the Commercial Advisory Council member. Once a
year, our 45 elected executive council WE's meet face
to face to ensure they are aware of the association
goals for the new year and have the opportunity to
bring forth the WE's concerns as chapters. They, the
executive council are our representatives, the WE's
voice as chapters, but what about you as an individual?
Well, last but not least, your bylaws provide that any
member, yes that is any one of the WE's, from the
newest member to the most senior can get up in an
open business session and make a motion for change!
How much of a WE association is that? Where the
newest member can be present at an open business
meeting, stand up and present change. Then the other
WE's can take an active part in whether or not that
change is accepted. How powerful is that? It truly
speaks to the humility I feel being in this office. Not
only do I get to be your representative, your spokesperson, the face of the association so to speak, but I
get to be a member of the WE's.
Without members this association is nothing. I
alone cannot accomplish our goals. It truly takes all
of our 25,000 plus members to make this association successful.
So, what is up for the coming year? I make no
promises other than to represent you and the initiatives of this great association to the best of my
ability. WE, the executive committee, WE the board
of directors, WE the executive council, and WE the
membership of this great association will continue
to be the voice of public safety communications
and the leaders in public safety communications.
WE will commit to continue working with other
organizations such as NENA and our federal partners when in the best interest of our members and
public safety; however, WE will have no hesitation
to step out on our own when need be. WE are The
Association of Public-Safety Communications
Officials International, WE are the premier public
safety communications association and I, as one of
the WE's, dedicate my efforts over the next year to
ensuring we remain as such!
Again, it is truly an honor to serve as your 80th
president. I look forward to the great things that
WE will accomplish together for the betterment of
our members and public safety communications as
I thank you for this privilege and for your support
over the next year.
Brent Lee is retired from the police department of the
city of Sparks, Nevada. You can reach him at w.brent.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Public Safety Communications - September/October 2015
Board of Directors, Executive Council & Chapter Presidents
Calls for Fire Service & CDE Exam
Mobile Dispatch & CDE Exam
Public Safety Communications - September/October 2015