Kaua‘i Acting Deputy Police Chief Mark Begley was named to the Wireless Enhanced 911 Board to oversee the development, integration and maintenance of services statewide.
Begley has served as the County Public Safety Answering Point on 911 services.
In his application, Begley said public safety is his passion and includes efficiency in 911 service.
He is also the project manager for Kauai‘s next-generation 911 call-handling project.
During his term, Begley stated he would focus on critical technical capabilities that have yet to be deployed for statewide 911 services for people who are unable to speak during a time of emergency.
“We still do not have the ability to receive text messages, photos and video via 911 calls,” Begley stated in his nomination letter.
“This significantly restricts the ability of some disabled citizens and others who are in situations that prevent them from using our currently deployed 911 system.”
The board is composed of communications service provider representatives from each of the islands.
The Hawai‘i State Senate Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations and Military Affairs voted unanimously on the recommendations provided, including nominee Mark Begley.
The five-vote confirmation followed a public hearing at the state Legislature on Senate Bill GM 579. The bill is for consideration and confirmation of nominees from each island to the Wireless Enhanced 911 Board.
The bill was submitted by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Jan. 5 and introduced in the Senate on Jan. 13.
It was received a week later and referred to committee.
Begley received letters of support from state Sen. Ron Kouchi, D-Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, Acting Comptroller Dean Seki and Enhanced 911 Board Chairman Paul Ferreira.