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Michael Latessa appointed director of the Public Safety Communications Center
January 26, 2004




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For Immediate Release
Monday, January 26, 2004
Contact: Tony Bullock
202-368-4831 (cell)
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New 911 Director to Begin in February

(Washington, DC) Mayor Anthony A. Williams today announced the appointment of Michael Latessa as Director of the Public Safety Communications Center (PSCC). The PSCC is the 911/311 operations center for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department. 

Latessa comes to the District of Columbia from Norwalk, CT, where he was the first director of the newly established joint communications center. Latessa began his public safety career 30 years ago as a dispatcher in Durham, NH. He served as a firefighter and paramedic in several metropolitan areas, and he served as the Director of the Public Safety Department in Manatee County, FL, from 1988 to 1998. Latessa was employed in the private sector for several years and returned to public service in Norwalk in July 2003.

We have made significant strides in improving our 911 services but Mike is the right person to take us to the next level, Mayor Williams said. I am pleased that we are able to bring him here to the District, and Im confident that hes going to manage this operation so that we are not just meeting but exceeding our performance goals.

Latessa will begin his new position on February 9, 2004. Because the PSCC is a joint operation of MPD and FEMS, Latessa will report directly to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.

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E. Michael Latessa
Director, Unified Communications Center 

E. Michael Latessa brings more than 30 years of experience in local and state public safety management to the District of Columbia. He joins the District from the City of Norwalk, CT, where he was the first Director of the newly established Emergency Communications/Emergency Management. In this role, Mr. Latessa facilitated the merger of two physically and organizationally separate public communication operations into a consolidated 911 and communications organization.

From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Latessa worked in the private sector, as Director of Billing Services for Sky Asset Management Services, Incorporated, in Clearwater, FL, and as the Health, Safety and Security Administrator and Training Administrator for Hi-Stat Manufacturing/Stoneridge Company, in Sarasota, FL. At Hi-Stat Manufacturing/Stoneridge Company, he was responsible for the health, safety and security of more than 600 employees in a round-the-clock manufacturing environment.

Mr. Latessa served as the Director of the Manatee County Government Public Safety Department from 1988 to 1998, where he managed a budget of $10 million, which supported seven emergency service divisions that served a population of 300,000 and covered 720 square miles. Mr. Latessa began his public safety career 30 years ago as a dispatcher, and worked as a firefighter and paramedic in several metropolitan areas before moving into public safety management. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the National Emergency Training Center of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD since 1981.

Mr. Latessa received a Bachelor of Science from the Wittemore School of Business and Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. He has also published several articles in Fire Command, EMT Journal, Firehouse Magazine, Rescue Magazine, and ferns.

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