Brent Lee was officially sworn in as President of APCO International Wednesday, making a point to thank his wife Penny, saying “She has been my sounding board, my confidant, my rock for the past two years and God willing will continue for the next two.”
Lee told the audience attending the President’s Dinner at the APCO International Conference that he considered it a privilege and honor to serve as the association’s President.
“I am truly humbled to be representing APCO International in its highest elected position,” he said. “My commitment to you is that as we go forward I will do everything possible as your President to ensure we work together as an Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Executive Council, and membership as a whole to further causes that are in the best interest of our association and public safety.”
Lee told APCO members that his leadership style is about the team, not himself, and that he will always keep the entire membership in consideration of everything he tries to accomplish.
“I want you to know that this coming year is not about ME, it‘s about WE!,” he said. “As I mentioned, it is a great honor and privilege to be your President and I will do everything within my power to represent you well over the coming year. I won’t let you down but want you to know it isn’t just about ME, it is about WE!”
Lee said the only thing he could assure members of is that he will do his best.
“I make no promises other than to represent you and the initiatives of this great association to the best of my ability,” he said. “WE, the Executive Committee, WE the Board of Directors, WE the Executive Council, and WE the membership of this great association will continue to be the voice of Public Safety Communications and the Leaders in Public Safety Communications. WE will commit to continue working with other organizations such as NENA and our federal partners when in the best interest of our members and public safety, however, WE will have no hesitation to step out on our own when need be. WE are The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, WE are the Premier Public Safety Communications Association and I, as one of the WEs, dedicate my efforts over the next year to ensuring we remain as such.”