The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – APCO – International, announced today that Thera Bradshaw, Assistant General Manager of the Information Technology Agency of the City of Los Angeles, has resigned as President of the Association.

Bradshaw served as president of the Oregon Chapter of APCO for two terms and chairwoman of several of its committees. Bradshaw also served as facilitator for APCO’s Project LOCATE Team, dedicated to assisting the nation’s Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in preparing for and receiving wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) location information service from wireless carriers. Bradshaw also served as president of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 1995 before being elected APCO’s second vice president in 1999.

Before her work in Los Angeles, in April 2001, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed her to direct emergency communications for the city and county. Bradshaw was handed the challenging task of leading a $167 million public safety consolidation project and moving a staff of 240 into a new building. She then directed the new state-of-the-art facility that houses police, fire and EMS services under one 34,000-square-foot roof.

“In her tenure at APCO, President Bradshaw demonstrated remarkable leadership,” APCO International Executive Director John K. Ramsey said. “She was monumental in helping this Association and the public safety communications community achieve many successes over the years.” Bradshaw is stepping down from the Presidency after more than three years of service to the APCO International Board of Officers due to personal reasons and job responsibilities. APCO International President-Elect Vincent Stile, Director of the Suffolk County (NY) Police Communications Bureau, succeeds Bradshaw as president. “I have some enormous shoes to fill,” Stile said of replacing Bradshaw as APCO International President. “Thera has done great things for this organization and her presence on the Board of Officers will be missed. We wish her well.”