APCO International Announces 2023 Award Winners

Winners to be honored during Opening General Session at APCO 2023

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Public Safety Communications Awards and Technology Leadership Awards. The winners will be recognized during the Opening General Session at APCO 2023, APCO’s Annual Conference & Expo, taking place August 6-9 in Nashville, TN.

The award recipients demonstrated the highest levels of professional conduct and outstanding performance in the line of duty. The award winner of each category is:

Communications Center Director of the Year
Kelley Cunningham
Eaton County 911
Charlotte, MI

Telecommunicator of the Year
Jaclyn Vernon
New Castle County
New Castle, DE

Trainer of the Year
Bret Batchelor
North Central Texas Emergency Communications District
Arlington, TX

Line Supervisor of the Year
Heather Robinson
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
Bunnell, FL

Information Technologist of the Year
Vaughan Nasse
Cobb County Department of Emergency Communications
Marietta, GA

Radio Frequency Technologist of the Year
Peter Jimenez
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Orange, CA

Technology in Leadership Award – Large Agency
Jeffcom 911
Lakewood, CO

Technology in Leadership Award – Small Agency
Village of Melrose Park
Melrose Park, IL

“Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you for the hard work you do every day,” said Angela Batey, President of APCO International. “We are thrilled to honor this year’s winners for standing strong and serving as heroes to their communities when it was needed most. We are proud of you and all who were nominated this year.”

APCO International® (www.apcointl.org)

APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide – and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.