FirstNet Board Welcomes Public Safety Experts Karima Holmes, Matt Slinkard

Jeff Brody

Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, has added two public safety experts to the First Responder Network Authority Board.

Karima Holmes, who directs Washington, D.C.’s Office of Unified Communications, and Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of police in Houston, Texas, will join a board that oversees the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the commerce department said Thursday.

Holmes leads call activities for D.C.’s 911 emergency and 311 basic services. She helped the district update and prepare dispatch centers for the Next-Generation 911 technology. Slinkard oversees investigations across five commands and 22 divisions within Houston’s police department.

“They are experts in their fields and bring additional substantive technical and public safety experience to the board as we continue to drive the FirstNet Roadmap forward based on public safety’s priorities,” said Edward Horowitz, the board’s chair.

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