Bonnie Maney Joins Public Safety Team

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Bonnie B. Maney
SEARCH is pleased to announce that Ms. Bonnie B. Maney has joined the team as a Public Safety Technology Specialist in the Public Safety Programs division, effective May 1, 2010.

In this position, Ms. Maney will provide technical assistance to public safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development, planning and integration of communications and information technology, and communications interoperability and wireless issues. She will also assist with the effort to establish a National Institute for Emergency Communications, which will provide intensive training and communications tools to the first responder community.

Ms. Maney has nearly 20 years experience in public safety emergency communications, serving the past 9 years as Telecommunications Manager for the Town of Palm Beach, Florida's consolidated police/fire/emergency medical services communications center.

Her knowledge base and skill set in public safety and communications includes strategic technology plan development; budget and project lifecycle management; technical knowledge in computer-aided dispatch, radio, 9-1-1 and other communications technology; policy-level stakeholder, workgroup, and committee experience; user needs and requirements analysis; and developing training courses for operational and emergency management telecommunications/public safety personnel.

"We are very fortunate to have Bonnie join SEARCH's Public Safety team," said Public Safety Programs director Mr. Doug Onhaizer. "She has strong leadership, management, operational and technical experience from her practitioner experience in Florida, and has been deeply involved in projects that enable improvement in communications interoperability and information sharing.

"She is very enthusiastic and confident, and also brings a great deal of adult learning and instructor skills from her work developing and providing college-level emergency management courses. We are excited to have Bonnie as part of our team."

Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Maney managed the Communications Unit for Palm Beach, which provided responses to emergency and non-emergency requests for public safety services. She was involved in managing communication center renovations, CAD/RMS/Radio and 9-1-1 upgrades, among other projects. Before that, she served for 10 years as Dispatch Operations Shift Supervisor for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, where she oversaw critical service, personnel, and equipment decisions, and also performed duties of all Emergency Communications Operator positions, including call handling, police/fire/EMS dispatch, and teletype operator.

She also has developed and instructed courses for the Emergency Management/Public Safety Telecommunicator degree program at Jacksonville State University (Alabama) since 2008, including Legal Issues in Public Safety Communications and Practical Research for Public Safety Telecommunications. She has also developed and instructed courses for the emergency management certificate program at Palm Beach State College in Florida for 3 years, and also instructed in the Dispatcher Academy program.

Ms. Maney served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

Ms. Maney's participation in local, State, and national committees includes:
  • Co-Founder, National Incident Dispatcher Association
  • Vice President, Municipal Public Safety Communications Consortium
  • Member, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
  • Member, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
  • Member, Florida Fire Chiefs
  • Member, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Member, Palm Beach County Critical Incident Stress Management Team

Ms. Maney holds a master's of science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has advanced training in communications, leadership, project management, equipment, and information sharing, including incident command and management systems, disaster management, and trunked and conventional radio systems, and is a Certified State of Florida 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatcher.