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DOUGLAS F.  EDMONDS  1940-2019                                   

By: Jerry Bleck. Illinois APCO Chapter Senior Member

Douglas F. Edmonds passed away on September 12, 2019 at the age of 79. Doug was a member of the Illinois APCO Chapter from 1986 through his passing in 2019. Doug returned to his native Illinois in 1986 after working as a deputy sheriff in Iowa for many years. He was hired as the Executive Director of the Northwest Central Dispatch center in Arlington Heights where he worked until the time of his retirement in 2005. He was known for his mild mannered management style, his leadership, and his innovative and progressive thinking. During his 19 year tenure at Northwest Central Dispatch, in addition to keeping NWCDS a state of the art operation, he added in many new additional agencies and expanded dispatch operations into a brand new facility that he was responsible for designing and building.

Doug was a very active member of the Illinois APCO Chapter where in 1989 he hosted the APCO North Central Regional Conference that was held in Arlington Heights and assisted in hosting the 1992 North Central Conference that was held in near-by St. Charles. 

When Doug retired from Northwest Central in 2005 he stayed active in the industry as the state coordinator for TERT (Telecommunicators Emergency Response Task Force) as well as assisted with TERT on the national level. In 2009, he received APCO’s Presidential award along with NJTI-TERT co-chair Brent Lee for their “tireless work furthering telecommunicator emergency response and deployment across the nation.” Further, using his professional expertise, Doug along with several other retired PSAP directors started up a consulting partnership in 2010 to assist other 9-1-1 communication centers that needed help with solving their communication center problems, upgrading their communication equipment, or with PSAP consolidation services. Doug left the consulting business a few years later in order to be able to spend more time with his love for traveling. Doug frequently traveled all over the world, but his most favorite place was Thailand where he spent much of his time.   

Doug’s contributions to public safety communications were numerous and will be undoubtedly felt by all those in the public safety community for many years to come.