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Interoperable Emergency Communications Governance Board

The Interoperable Emergency Communications Governance Board was created by Orange County Legislative Resolution #138 of 2010 and approved by the County Executive.

Mission Statement
To improve public safety through enhanced communications interoperability (both voice and data) between local, county, state and federal agencies.


  • Establish communications interoperability as a high priority.
  • Expand the countywide use of common language and to coordinate communications protocols.
  • Increase interoperable capabilities and coordination by maximizing the use of existing communications systems and equipment as well as planning for future technology purchases.
  • Enhance the knowledge and proper use of existing and future communications equipment by encouraging frequent and routine training for public safety personnel as funds become available.


All members of the Orange County Interoperable Emergency Communications Governance Board are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Legislature.

Board Members

  • Walter Koury, Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services; Board Chair
  • Allen Wierzbicki, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Communications
  • Seamus Leary, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Management
  • Craig Cherry, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Police Liaison Services
  • John Horan, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Fire Services
  • Frank Cassanite, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Medical Services
  • Gail Sherman, Sergeant, New York State Police
  • Robert Reynolds, Chief, Montgomery Fire Department
  • Kevin Hayes, Mobile Life Support Services

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the months of January, April, July and October. All meetings are conducted at the Orange County Emergency Services Center.