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Posted on: October 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Employees Receive MI-APCO State Recognition


911 Director of the Year Kelley Cunningham2022 IT of the Year Nathan Nighbert

Eaton  County  employees  receive  Michigan  Chapter  of  the  Association  of  Public-Safety Communication Officials (MI-APCO) state recognition

Two  Eaton  County  employees,  Kelley  Cunningham,  Central  Dispatch  Director  and Nathan  Nighbert,  Technology  Services  Deputy  Director  were  recently  notified  by MI-APCO  of  their recognition.  “It  is  pleasing  to  see  Eaton  County  employees recognized  for  their  hard  work  and  dedication  by  their  colleagues  and  peers throughout the state,” says Controller/Administrator John Fuentes.  

Kelley Cunningham was named 911 Director of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the  Association  of  Public-Safety  Communication  Officials  (MI-APCO).  Sandra Nielsen,  Immediate  Past President  of  MI-APCO,  stated  in  a  letter  to  911  Director Cunningham,  “We  at  MI-APCO  are  proud  to  honor  dedicated  public  safety professionals like you who make a difference every day.” 

Cunningham was named Director of Eaton County Central Dispatch (ECCD) in 2021.

She has been with Eaton County for almost sixteen (16) years and has previously held positions of Public Safety Telecommunicator, Communications Training Officer, Supervisor,  and  Deputy Director.  According  to  Supervisor  Elizabeth  Howland, “Kelley  goes  above  and  beyond  to  ensure  911  is  seen  by  the  community  and recognized for our role in the safety of our citizens. She strives to make sure we are included in training scenarios, debriefs for major incidents, and involved in public events in our communities.” 

ECCD serves 13 fire departments, 8 law enforcement agencies, and 6 EMS agencies in the county. The center answers an average of 150,000 calls per year. ECCD is an innovative center that utilizes many emerging technologies. 

Separately,  Nathan  Nighbert  was  also  named  911 Information Technologist of the Year by MI-APCO.  Sandra Nielsen, Immediate Past President of MI-APCO, stated in a  letter  to  Technology Services  Deputy  Director  Nighbert,  “We  at  MI-APCO  are proud  to  honor  dedicated  public  safety  professionals  like  you  who  make  a difference every day.”

Nighbert was named Deputy Director of Eaton County Technology Services in 2021. He  has  been  with  Eaton  County  for  over  ten  (10)  years  and  has  previously  held positions  as  PC Technician  and  Network  Administrator.  According  to  Technology

Services Director Daley, “Nathan is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to technology and how technology can aid and assist our public safety community. He constantly strives to make himself, as well as others around him, better educated in overall public safety operations.”

Eaton County Technology Services is responsible for technology-related operations for 24-hour public safety entities, the general county government departments, and a multi-county public health department. 

Both  Nighbert  and  Cunningham  have  advanced  within  the  County  organization during their careers and were recently promoted to leadership positions of greater responsibility.  “Their recognition at this time demonstrates their continued efforts to excel within their profession,” Fuentes said.

The awards will officially be presented on October 27th at a statewide ceremony in

Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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