Thank you, Chief Harlin McEwen, and Best Wishes on your Retirement

April 4, 2017
Chief McEwen’s visionary leadership has left a legacy guaranteed to upholding our everlasting commitment to creating a network for public safety by public safety.
Chief McEwen’s visionary leadership has left a legacy guaranteed to upholding our everlasting commitment to creating a network for public safety by public safety.

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet President

This past Thursday, March 30, 2017, Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross formally announced AT&T as the technical partner who will help take FirstNet into the next stages of network deployment. This announcement marks a major milestone for FirstNet, signaling an exciting new period in the organization’s history. As FirstNet continues to move forward on its promises to public safety, I would like to take a moment to reflect on how we arrived where we are today, and the people who helped us along the way. That conversation starts and ends with Chief Harlin McEwen.

I want to recognize and thank Chief McEwen for his service as Chair of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). For the entirety of his professional career, Chief McEwen has dedicated his time and talents to public service. His accomplishments are lengthy and his influence is immeasurable. Some of his noteworthy recognitions include the FBI Medal of Meritorious Achievement, the IACP Lone Star Award, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council - Richard DeMello Award, and the FBI National Executive Institute Associates (NEIAA) Penrith Executive Leadership Award, to name a few.

Throughout his tenure as PSAC Chairman, Chief McEwen oversaw an unprecedented amount of progress and success. In just four short years under his chairmanship, the PSAC successfully executed 10 task teams and the development of reports and recommendations, two working groups, countless meetings both in-person and via webinar, and represented over 43 public safety associations, each of which are proud and passionate members of the PSAC. Chief McEwen: We thank you for your contributions and leadership and wish you the best in your retirement.

 Chief McEwen’s visionary leadership has left a legacy guaranteed to upholding our everlasting commitment to creating a network for public safety by public safety. We are fully confident that incoming PSAC Chair Tom Sorley from the U.S. Conference of Mayors will carry the torch for the PSAC and for public safety as FirstNet’s partnership with AT&T begins to blossom.

Thank you again Harlin. You will be missed, but the gravity of your influence will be remembered and felt in all that we do from here forward.

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