Mel Maier, former Commander of the Emergency Communications and Operations Division of the Oakland County (MI) Sheriff’s Office has been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.

Maier will lead APCO’s technical efforts related to emergency communications, cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.

Maier began his career in public safety more than 30 years ago as a Garden City, Michigan, Police Department Patrol Officer. Since then, he has served as Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant before joining the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. In his previous position, Maier was responsible for overseeing radio and 9-1-1 emergency communications and was the sheriff’s communications representative within Oakland County’s Homeland Security and Emergency Operations Center.

Maier has been an active voice for public safety communications at the national level. He has served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, and as the leader of the Public Safety Next Generation 9-1-1 Coalition.