911 director Mike Phillips awarded Director of the Year

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
During the Spring 2019 Missouri Public Safety Communication Conference, Barry County 911 director, Mike Phillips, was nominated by colleagues and staff, then awarded 2019 Director of the Year. The Missouri Public Safety Communications conference chairperson, April Ford, middle, and Scott Cason, left, sponsor of the award with BusComm, presented Phillips with his award. Contributed photo

Phillips: ‘I’m proud to bring this to Barry County and share it with my staff’

Barry County emergency services E9-1-1 director Mike Phillips, was recently chosen as Director of the Year 2019, and he was awarded at the Spring 2019 Missouri Public Safety Communication Conference.

Phillips said he was presented the award on behalf of the three organizations that represent 911 in Missouri.

“We have two conferences each year, and at that conference, we hand out awards once a year,” he said. “The Missouri National Emergency Numbering Association (NENA) organization, the Missouri Association of Public Safety Communication (APCO) organization and the Missouri 911 Directors Association all decided to recognize me as Director of the Year.”

Phillips said this is the first time he has received this award.

“It was nice to be recognized by colleagues around the state,” he said. “And, it was great all the nice things they had to say about me.”

Phillips said the process is they accept nominations throughout the state of people that are recognized for doing an outstanding job with their centers, assisting on state efforts or whatever the reason may be.

“I was nominated by a director in the southwest part of the state, as well as my staff,” he said. “Some of the things that were mentioned in the nomination process was my involvement in not only a local level with leading staff to be an accredited agency, but also, that I have taken an active lead in a regional project with our phone system so Barry County, as well as Christian County, provide hosted solutions for eight other 911 centers in southwest Missouri.”

Phillips said he has taken a lead in that group, and it is a new technology that is available so there are a lot of questions of how it was going to work.

“It was good to be recognized for that, on top of which, I have a very active role in legislation on a statewide level with 911 in Missouri,” he said. “I have gone several times to Jefferson City to testify and support, and those efforts were recognized.”

Phillips said most importantly, although he appreciates the award, it really was a reflection of that hard work that his staff does every day.

“I truly applaud and appreciate their efforts, and that they allow me to lead them and be their director,” he said. “It is a great professional accomplishment, and I am very thankful for receiving the award. I am happy and proud to bring this to Barry County and share it with my staff.”

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