2017-2018 Chapter Officer Candidates

Voting for the 2017-2018 North Carolina APCO Chapter Officers will open during the week of July 17, 2017.  Ballots can be cast online through the first full day of the 2017 NC Public-Safety Communications Conference.  In accordance with the Bylaws, only individuals with Full Member status are eligible to cast a ballot.  Voting ballots will be sent by email to your address on file with APCO International.  If you do not receive a ballot, please contact NC APCO President Jeryl Anderson for assistance.


Grayson Gusa, RPL
Davie County 9-1-1 Communications
My name is Grayson Gusa and I am humbled and honored to accept the nomination to Second Vice-President of the North Carolina Chapter of APCO. Having served on the Board of NC APCO since 2007 as both a Regional Ambassador and currently as the Public Information Officer I believe that I bring a thorough working knowledge that will prove to be beneficial to the continued advancement and growth of our Chapter.

I have lived in Salisbury, NC my whole life and my interest in public safety began in 2002 through a high school internship with the Salisbury Police Department. Since then I have been privileged to serve in small, medium and large communications centers, serving as an Assistant Shift Supervisor and front line Telecommunicator. Currently I serve on the Administrative Team as the Training Officer with the Davie County 911 Communications Center in Mocksville, NC.

In May 2012, I received my Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Certification through the APCO Institute.  In 2016 I began service to the North Carolina 911 Board on the Education Committee and the Telecommunicator Certification Subcommittee.  I have also had the opportunity to previously serve on the APCO International Emerging Technology Committee and currently serve on the APCO Chapter and Member Services Committee and the APCO ProCHRT Human Resources Committee.

I thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to serving our chapter as it continues to grow in the years to come.


David Dodd, RPL
North Carolina 911 Board (Retired)
Hello fellow NC APCO Chapter Members. I am David Dodd, and I am making myself available for your consideration for the position of Executive Council member. As you may know, our long time Executive Council Representative Frank Thomason, has announced his intention to seek a position on the APCO International Board of Directors, representing the East Coast Region. I am thrilled that the NC Chapter may soon have an additional and enhanced presence in APCO International governance, and know Frank will do an excellent job. I am seeking the opportunity to follow in Frank’s footsteps, as our Chapter’s representative on the APCO International Executive Council. 

One of the reasons for seeking this position is an attempt to give back to the Chapter. Last year, at the State Conference, you bestowed on me the honor of Chapter Life Member, for which I am more grateful that words can express. I see this position as an opportunity to continue to serve the Chapter. In addition, I have been a regular attendee at most of the APCO International Conferences since 2000, giving me an insight into the workings of the Executive Council, and some of the people that represent other chapters in this capacity. 

Having recently retired from full time employment, I feel I have the time to devote to the position. The potential time spent on the Executive Council, plus classes taught through the APCO Institute, allow me to remain actively involved with APCO on multiple fronts, and I appreciate those opportunities. Thank you for your consideration.

Rick Thomas, RPL
Apex Police Department
Hello fellow NC APCO Members,

For those who do not know me, I am Rick Thomas, your Immediate Past President of the NC Chapter of APCO. Last year while serving as president, I knew I wanted to continue my involvement with the Chapter and the Association, and run for National APCO Office in the near future.

However, before that is possible, I need your support to sit on the Executive Council. As your representative, I will ensure that there is always a direct exchange of information between the Chapter and the Associations Board of Directions.

I began my career 21 years ago with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in Wilmington, NC. Over the years, I rose through the ranks working as a Telecommunicator, to my current positon as the Communications Center Supervisor for the Town of Apex Police Department.

After attending an APCO Telecommunicator Symposium, I joined APCO in 2007, In 2010 I obtained my APCO Registered Public Safety Leader (RPL) Certification, and my NENA Emergency Number Professional (ENP) Certification in 2015.

In 2009, I was asked by then NC APCO President, Jeryl Anderson to chair the Interagency Communications Committee, and represent NC APCO on the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). I held this position until 2013, when I joined the Executive Board.

In addition to my involvement at the Chapter Level, I have remained active on the Association Level working with numerous committees, including:
  • Data Transfer Committee – 2009 – 2013
  • 9-1-1 Emergency Technology Committee – 2013 – 2014
  • P33 Training Program Sub-Committee - 2012 – 2015 
  • Standards Development Committee – 2015 – Present 
In 2015, I was asked by APCO International President, Brent Lee to Chair the Agency Training Program Committee, where I continue to hold this role. Additionally, in 2016, APCO President, Cheryl Greathouse, asked me to represent Committee Chairs on the Committee Enhancement Initiative (CIE) Phase 4 Task Force.

I demonstrated strong leadership as your president last year, and we saw a drastic increase in membership, and positive changes for the Chapter.

I would ask when you vote this year, that you would allow me the opportunity to to represent you as your NC APCO Executive Council Representative.

Marsha Withrow
North Carolina FirstNet
Hello, I am Marsha Withrow and I am running for the NC APCO office of Executive Council. As a dedicated NC APCO member, I have served as Second Vice President, First Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President twice, and was the first person to do so. I have also held the office of Secretary/Treasurer for several terms, when it was one position.

While in office as President, I also served on our joint NC APCO NENA State Conference Committees for at least eight years. During my time as Secretary/Treasurer I revived our monthly newsletter and served as the Conference Promotion Chair for the 63rd APCO International Conference & Expo held in Charlotte in 1997. I have attended all the International Conferences but two since the 63rd Conference. I served as the Registration Chair and Co-chair as well as Chair for three APCO East Coast Regional Conferences.

Prior to my retirement in 2014, I was the 911 Director for Charlotte Fire Department for several years with 28½ years of service with Charlotte Fire. Prior to working at Charlotte Fire, I started my telecommunicator career with Virginia Beach Police, then Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and Nitro Police so I have an extensive background in Communications spanning almost 35 years.

I am now currently working part time as an Educational Liaison with FirstNetNC and my duties have expanded to include setting up events for the staff, as well as, handling all the administrative tasks surrounding the travel for the events. 

As a candidate for this position, I want to give back to the NC APCO Chapter by representing us as Executive Council on the national level. I am committed to attending all the NC APCO/NENA business meetings to represent NC APCO but also to keep the membership informed about FirstNet as well. I have made many friends across our Nation and State while serving NC APCO and attending the conferences and feel this would assist me in the Executive Council position. One of my first tasks as Executive Council would be to lobby to bring the APCO International Conference & Expo back to NC. It would be my honor and privilege to serve as your Executive Council and I ask for your vote to help me do so.

Counties Represented:  Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell and Washington.

Herman Weiss
Gates County 911

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Counties Represented:  Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Hoke, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Roberson, Sampson and Wayne.

Tracy Trogdon
Fayetteville Police Department 911

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Counties Represented: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

Ray Gilleland (Incumbent)
Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
The greatest honor of my law enforcement career has been serving the citizens of 
Cabarrus County as their PSAP Manager along with the great Communications Officials of this state. I take distinct pleasure in announcing my wish to continue serving North Carolina by placing my name on the ballot to be re-elected as Region E Ambassador for NC Chapter of APCO.

I am humbled by the recent request from you, as respected Communications Officials around the state, to pursue this position again.

I feel I have the experience and vision shared by the Officials of this state that will allow us to continue striving to be examples for 911 and telecommunications throughout the country. As members of this association, we are leaders and creators of the future for 911 communications.

I began my career in law enforcement 24 years ago and I am presently a Lieutenant assigned to the Communications Division for the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to being a sworn law enforcement officer, I act as the county’s PSAP Manager where we dispatch Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS. Working in the Communications Division has been very rewarding for me with the many projects and challenges we all face from day to day. I have been an APCO member for approximately 20 years and realized early the importance of the association and the benefits that being a member have afforded to me and my career. I also had the honor in serving as the 51st president of NC Chapter of APCO in the 2012-2013 term. In 2014 I wanted to further serve the Chapter and became the Region E Ambassador.

I respectfully ask for your support and your vote to elect me as NC Chapter of APCO Region E Ambassador this year. I vow to honorably continue serving you with the highest level of integrity and vision for the future. Thank you and I hope God will continue to bless you and your families.

Todd Craddock
Iredell County Communications
To the NC APCO Members,

My 17 years of public service in 911 Communications has given me the opportunity to see firsthand varying degrees of 911 complex issues throughout the state. Resident expectations for accurate and timely response to 911 calls are based on the advanced features available on most communications devices, not on the reality of a faltering legacy system. I recognize that improving, modernizing and providing effective 911 service is critical and a vision that I can contribute to through the NC APCO Chapter.

Jennifer Stewart
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Ms. Stewart has over 15 years of experience with the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department Communications Division. She was a Telecommunicator for 5 years before being promoted to Communications Supervisor. During her time as a Communications Supervisor she has obtained her APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 Instructor Certification, APCO Commmunications Training Officer Certification, APCO Communications Training Officer Instructor Certification, North Carolina General Instructor Certification, North Carolina RADO/TERT Certification and currently serves on the APCO Agency Training Committee and SDC ADA Operational Writing Group. This past year she served on the Awards Committee and Membership Task Force. Last year, Ms. Stewart received her APCO-Registered Public Safety Leader Certification and will be graduating in Denver, Colorado in August 2017. Ms. Stewart is actively involved in community relations with the CMPD and developed an educational program to inform the public of the inner workings of the 9-1-1 center and how it can be best utilized by the public. She also works with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system and attends community meetings and events within the county to answer questions related to 9-1-1.

I am asking for your support in the appointment as Regional Ambassador of Region “E” so that I can better assist in building the bridge of communication between other PSAPs and Board Members. As an ambassador I will communicate the suggestions and ideas from members and/or other public safety communications personnel to the chapter. Since I have been a member of APCO I have been granted opportunities to serve on several committees and taskforces which enlightened me to see how PSAPs may handle calls differently, but at every PSAP telecommunicators work together as a team during a high priority call for service. 

In my opinion, all of those involved could be called ambassadors because they displayed the qualities of teamwork and leadership to keep an open line of communication between each other and their officers. Part of the reason I am giving you this example is because I think some members do not know what committees or taskforces are offered by APCO and as an ambassador I will do my best to keep members up to date on this information as well as training and other programs being offered. I would like to accept the challenge that has been set by the APCO North Carolina Chapter President Jeryl Anderson and get involved in my local APCO chapter. Thank you for your time and consideration.