National 1st V.P.

Norm is looking forward to serving National NENA andit?s Membership as 1st Vice-President. He will make himself openand accessible to all Association Members and will assist with their initiatives whetherthey concern State or National Issues.

Norm would appreciate any input that you might have concerningNENA operations.

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Norm has thirty-five years of multi-disciplined public safety experienceencompassing progressive responsibilities in Law Enforcement and Public SafetyCommunications Center Operations Management. He has demonstrated leadership and commitmentto the advancement of public safety goals through national and local involvement in NENAas Illinois Chapter President, Secretary and Regional Vice-President. He was appointed asan original member to and serves on the NENA Institute Board. He is certified as anEmergency Number Professional and as a Technical 9-1-1 Expert in the State of Illinois forjudicial proceedings.

9-1-1 Coordinator, St. ClairCounty ETSB

1990 – Present

Norm has implementation and operations management responsibilitiesfor an E9-1-1 system consisting of thirteen PSAPs, ninety-four public safety agencies andone hundred and forty telecommunicators serving St. Clair County, Illinois. In 1991 heimplemented the first E9-1-1 system in the county. Recently he designed, purchased andimplemented a new 9-1-1 system for the county. The new system has Customer PremiseEquipment designed for the year 2000 and beyond. It also will accept wireless Phase I andPhase II technologies.

Captain, Indian River CountySheriff’s Department

1987 – 1990

Norm served as Dispatch Operations and Records Division manager for the E9-1-1system serving Indian River County, Florida. He managed the integrated computer aideddispatching of paid and volunteer Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS personnel. Hisresponsibilities included direct supervision of 39 commissioned and civilian personnel.

Assistant Director, Bureau ofCommunications

St. Louis County PoliceDepartment

1980 – 1987

Norm had direct involvement during implementation of the FirstE9-1-1 system for St. Louis City and County consisting of 26 PSAPs, and supervision of 60telecommunicators. He was directly involved in the development and implementation of aComputer Aided Dispatch system serving all of the Public Safety providers in the St. LouisCounty, Mo. Police Department.

Law Enforcement, St. LouisCity / County

Police Department

1963 – 1980

Norm worked through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Patrol Sergeant, and thenCrime Scene Supervisor.

Professional Affiliations:

National Emergency NumberAssociation

1989 – Present

Norm served as Illinois Chapter President for a period of 3 years and Secretaryfor 1 year. He continues to serve on the INENA Executive Board.

He has been an effective leader in the development and advancement of statewireless legislation initiatives. He has participated on Illinois & National NENAtechnical committees and public safety forums addressing wireless 9-1-1, Local NumberPortability, Private Switch/ALI, and technology changes facing Public Safety and 9-1-1.

Norm was appointed as an original Board Member of the NENA Institute. ThisBoard is responsible for the development and management of the Emergency NumberProfessional program. He presently serves in that capacity. Through his participation hehas developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the NationalNENA Board.

Norm was elected as the National 2nd Vice-President of the National EmergencyNumber Association in 1998.

Norm was the Founding President of the Ameritech-Illinois 9-1-1 User’s Group.He is a member of the Illinois NENA; APCO; Illinois Sheriff’s Association and St. ClairCounty Fire Chief’s Association.


Norm served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He attended Meramac Community College and Central Missouri State University.

Norm Forshee has proudly been married for 35 years, has 2 children and 3grandchildren. He is an avid bass fisherman and occasionally has been known to play alittle golf.

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