SIEC Members

State Interoperability Executive Committee - Members

The SIEC is established under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.105.331.


Robert Connal, Chair

Dale "Alex" Alexander

Dale Alexander currently serves as the operations supervisor in the office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Washington State Department of Health, where he leads a team that collaborates with internal, state, tribal, and with local partners to develop products, procedures, and systems that improve our state’s ability to effectively respond to public health and all-hazards emergencies.  Dale serves as an Incident Commander for the Washington State Department of Health Incident Management Team. Dale grew up in Michigan and graduated from Saint Martin’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Dale retired after serving 27 years with the Washington State Patrol.  Throughout his career with the state patrol, he responded and used the incident command system (ICS) to handle scenes such as fatal collisions, road closures, hazardous material spills, evacuations, ceremonies, assaults and shootings.  Dale’s last assignment was as a lieutenant working for the field operations bureau assistant chief.  Dale also recently retired after serving 32 years in the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major. Dale continues his public service when in 2014; he joined the Washington State Department of Health.  Serving in this position, he has responded to a variety of events such as measles, Ebola, legionella, firestorms, and winter storms. Dale now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife.


Spencer Bahner

Spencer Bahner represents the interests of cities within Washington State. Mr. Bahner has had a career in the Land Mobile Radio industry spanning over 41 years. His work history includes involvement in nearly all of the technical and operational aspects of the radio industry, ranging from technician activities early in his career, to leading marketing efforts for a major manufacturer, to the design and management of public safety communications networks, as well as radio technology consulting. He has participated in the design and deployment of major analog and P25 digital trunked radio systems in multiple states, is active in radio spectrum planning as the Chair of the Region 43 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee, and currently serves as the Radio Communications Manager for the City of Seattle. He has a deep interest in radio communications interoperability, as well as a personal interest in wireless technology and public safety communications system design and operations, and is an active amateur radio operator.


John Batiste

Chief of the Washington State Patrol, represents the State Patrol (WSP).

Chief John R. Batiste is the 21st Chief of the Washington State Patrol. Governor Christine Gregoire originally appointed Chief Batiste on February 14, 2005. On January 16, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Chief Batiste to continue to lead the Washington State Patrol. He oversees the day-to-day operations and manages the agency’s six bureaus: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Field Operations, Fire Protection, Forensic Laboratory Services, Investigative Services, and Technical Services.


Sheriff Glenn Blakeslee 

Representing Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Sheriff Blakeslee has over 21 years in law enforcement. All of it spent in rural Pend Oreille County (far north east corner of Washington State). He has held positions as a patrol deputy, drug/major crimes detective, patrol sergeant, and currently completing his 1st year as the elected Sheriff for Pend Oreille County. Special assignments have included field training officer, firearms/use of force instructor, tactical team leader, and Search and Rescue coordinator. He has volunteered for the position on this board to represent WASPC. Sheriff Blakeslee brings a perspective from rural eastern Washington departments, and looks forward to learning more about communications issues and solutions facing us all.


Major General Bret Daugherty

The Adjutant General and head of the Military Department, represents that department.

Major General Bret D. Daugherty assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Washington on July 28, 2012. As The Adjutant General, he commands all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces and is Director of the State’s Emergency Management and Enhanced 911 programs. General Daugherty also serves as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Washington and as State Administrative Agent for all United States Department of Homeland Security grants awarded to Washington’s state, local, tribal and non-profit agencies and organizations.


Robert Ezelle

Director of the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD), represents state emergency management directors.

Robert Ezelle was appointed Director of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) on April 1, 2013 by the Department’s Adjutant General, Major General Bret Daugherty. Ezelle joined the Division in October 2010 as the Homeland Security Section Manager and in May 2011, management of the State’s E-911 section was added to his portfolio. As the E-911 and Homeland Security Unit Manager, he oversaw the planning and operation of the statewide Enhanced 911 emergency phone system as well as management of the state’s homeland security and emergency preparedness grant programs. Prior to joining Emergency Management, Ezelle spent nearly 17 years in the Washington Air National Guard, in various senior leadership roles. Most recently he served as Vice Commander of the Western Air Defense Sector. The sector is responsible for air sovereignty and air defense of the western United States. He started his career in the Air Guard as air liaison officer and detachment commander for the Air Support Operations Group and Close Air Support Detachment. Prior to joining the Washington Air National Guard, Ezelle spent 13 years as a fighter pilot, pilot trainer and operations officer in the U.S. Air Force. He flew F-4 and F-15 fighters and AT-38B fighter trainer aircraft. Ezelle’s strategic vision for the Emergency Management Division includes facilitating closer collaboration between the Emergency Management Division team and stakeholders statewide to better prepare for a catastrophic event such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. As director, he will continue to lead the charge to ensure Washington residents have access to next generation emergency telephone (E911) services.


Keith Flewelling

Keith Flewelling serves on the SIEC as is an ex-officio non-voting member representing the Washington State APCO-NENA Chapter.  Keith has been the Deputy Director since 2014 at Thurston 911 Communications, and will assume the role of Executive Director in January 2016. His extensive knowledge, skills, and abilities were gained from education and over 30 years of public safety work experience. Keith is not a technician or engineer but much of his work experience has been managing technical personnel and systems.
Keith spent 20 years working at American Medical Response (AMR) – his last position at AMR was Vice President of Operations for Oregon and SW Washington, but he spent many of his years there as the Communications Director for the region. The Communications Division responsibilities included land mobile radio, telephony, dispatch services and systems. After leaving AMR in 2004, he became the Technical and Support Services Division Manager at Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA). In this role, Keith managed the Clark County Public Safety Radio System, an 800 MHz trunked simulcast system, as well as all technical personnel and systems for the agency. In 2012, Keith joined the ADCOMM Engineering team as a senior consultant, providing management and operations consulting within the public safety communications industry. Over the past several years, Keith has been very active with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), both in Washington State and nationally. He has also been a member of the State Advisory Workgroup (SAW) to the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) since 2006. When not working, you will find Keith on the golf course or in the San Juan Islands boating and fishing, and enjoying time with his wife Deb.


Mayor Jennifer Gregerson

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, appointed by the Association of Washington Cities, represents cities. 

Jennifer Gregerson is serving her second term as Mayor after having been a member of the City Council since 2004. She was elected Mayor in November 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Gregerson, a graduate of Kamiak High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from New York University. She has established an expertise in community planning, earning her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Gregerson established a vision for Mukilteo as a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods. She believes in the principles of open government and frequent communication with citizens. Mayor Gregerson learned the values of hard work and responsibility growing up in a family-owned business. Watching her parents fight to preserve trees and wetlands in Harbour Pointe, she says taught her the importance of getting involved, speaking out and defending your community. Jennifer is committed to Mukilteo and believes in service; she served two years as Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival President and volunteers with the Mukilteo Farmers Market. Today, she makes her home in Mukilteo, a few miles from where she grew up.


Crystal Hottowe

Crystal Hottowe is a Makah Tribal member, and has worked for the Makah Tribe’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department for a cumulative total of nine years as the Grants Writer. In 2013, in her capacity as a Grants Writer, she was appointed by the Makah Tribal Council to lead the newly assembled Makah Tech Team, who was given the responsibility to explore and find alternate funding and equipment options to the slow internet woes that were becoming a hindrance to the Tribal Government, local school, and the community overall. Under her leadership, the Makah Tech Team was able to secure funding and complete construction for a broadband internet link for the Tribal Administration as well as the Neah Bay School Campus. Crystal was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Native Nations Broadband Task Force from 2014-2017, and in September 2017, she was elected as a Co-Chair of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian’s Telecommunications Committee. As the Co-Chair from Washington State, Crystal was recommended to the appointment at the WA State SIEC as a tribal representative. In a very short time, Crystal has become quite knowledgeable within the telecommunications realm from equipment to deployment to policy. In her capacity as Grants Writer, she has worked closely with the Neah Bay Public Safety Chief of Police to address the various communication needs required for effective public safety and emergency responsiveness. For the past several years, Crystal has incorporated and embedded communications components into the grants that are submitted on behalf of the Makah Tribe to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Lastly, Crystal has had success with negotiating and obtaining additional/increased services for the community of Neah Bay and the Makah Tribe from well-known entities such as CenturyLink and T-Mobile.


Bobby Jackson

Representing counties of Washington Association of Counties. Bobby Jackson was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and later Darton College in Albany, Georgia. He relocated to Lewis County in 2008, and completed a successful career in sales at KELA Radio prior to his election as County Commissioner for the 2nd District in 2016. Jackson has 20 years of experience in radio broadcasting of high school sports in Georgia and in Lewis County, covering all the county schools on KMNT FM in Centralia. He has over 30 years of public relations experience.


  • Lewis County Board of County Commissioners (Chair)
  • Lewis County Solid Waste Disposal District #1
  • Lewis County Board of Health
  • Lewis County Economic Development Council
  • Executive Steering Committee
  • LEOFF Disability Board
  • Chehalis River Basin Partnership
  • WA County Insurance Fund Board of Directors (Chair)
  • Washington State E911 Advisory Committee
  • SW WA Clean Air Agency Board of Directors
  • Open Space Ratings Board
  • Chehalis River Flood Control Zone District
  • Cowlitz River Flood Control Zone District
  • WSAC Western Washington Representative-Alternate


Captain Phil Johnson

Captain Phil Johnson became an Officer with the Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) Enforcement Program in 2003.  During his tenure with the WDFW, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Boating Program Master Instructor, Aquatic Invasive Species Officer, Emergency Management Program Manager, State Agency Liaison, and Radio Communications Manager.  He also served as the Professional Development Lieutenant responsible for all facets of the recruiting and training efforts of the WDFW Enforcement Program for two years.  In August 2015, he assumed his present duties as the Special Operations Captain, directly responsible for the vehicle and vessel fleets, aviation program, supply and equipment, communications, and WDFW emergency management functions. .His projects include leveraging Radio over Internet Protocol technology to deliver interoperable radio to more than 140 field officers and biologists from a centrally located dispatch facility in Olympia. Captain Johnson attended the University of Maryland, earning an undergraduate degree in Sociology (MCL) in 2002 and his Master’s in Business Administration in 2012.  He is a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. Captain Johnson is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain of Vessels <50 GT. Captain Johnson is a U.S. military veteran who retired from the United States Air Force in January 2003, following 21 years of active service as a law enforcement and counterterrorist specialist.


State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc

As a 27-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Chuck LeBlanc is currently the commander of the Fire Protection Bureau, which is primarily responsible for Hazardous Materials Training, Basic Fire Fighter Training, All-Risk Mobilization, Construction Plan Review, Fire and Life Safety Inspections of licensed care facilities, Sprinkler Contractor Licensing, Fire Safe Cigarettes, and Fireworks regulation. Fire Marshal LeBlanc oversees the WSP’s Fire Training Academy in North Bend, as well as the Prevention Division in Olympia. Prior to his current assignment, LeBlanc was the commander of the Prevention Division for the last 2.5 years. LeBlanc retired from the commissioned side of the WSP as a Captain in 2014, as the District 1 Commander in Tacoma, which included Pierce and Thurston Counties. LeBlanc also commanded the WSP’s Criminal Investigation Division prior to his assignment to Tacoma. Fire Marshal LeBlanc is a member of the National Association of Fire Marshals, Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, Washington State Fire Chiefs Association, Emergency Management Council, Washington State Fire Service Leadership Forum, Washington State Emergency Response Commission, Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee, Fire Defense Committee, and the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee.


Scott Loerts


Bill Tensfeld

Bill has been the Emergency Manager for Whitman County the past five years. In addition to his Emergency Management duties, he is responsible for county wide public service radio infrastructure. This involves six radio systems scattered over 21 different sites. He also oversees the Whitman County Parks Department, Developmental Services, Facilities Management and the Palouse Empire Fair. Bill has been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the past 35 years and is currently the Fire Chief of Whitman County Fire District 7 in Rosalia. During the summer when Bill isn’t working, you can find him on the boat at Lake Coeur d’ Alene.


Chuck Turley 

Wildfire Division Manager, represents the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Chuck Turley is the Division Manager of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildfire Division. Chuck has been with DNR for 26yrs including both Region and Headquarters positions and experience with most programs at DNR. Chuck has been a member of the Northwest Incident Management Teams (NW IMT) for several years, is a recent Chair of the NW GeoBoard which selects and supports our IMTs and is the current Chair of the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, the interagency group leading wildfire efforts in the Northwest.


Jim Sharp

Chief of West Pierce Fire and Rescue, appointed by the Washington Fire Chiefs' Association, represents local fire chiefs.


Jose Zuniga




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