Captain Mel Maier


Company/Employment: Oakland County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office

Bio: Captain Mel Maier is the Commander of the Emergency Communications & Operations Division at the Oakland County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office. Mel began his career in public safety more than 30 years ago and has led the 9-1-1 and Sheriff’s Operations Center since 2009. Captain Maier has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a 2000 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command. He has represented the Major County Sheriffs'  of America as the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee-Vice Chair and Homeland Security's "SAFECOM" Emergency Response Council having served as Chair of the Funding & Sustainment Subcommittee. He serves as the Chair of Radio Oversight, served as Co-Chair of both the County PSAP Coordinators Subcommittee and the County Radio Policy Subcommittee, as well as the SE Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Regional Interoperable Communications Subcommittee. He has also been recognized for his leadership role in statewide emergency 911 communications as past President of the Michigan Communication Directors Association (MCDA). He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Safety NG9-1-1 Coalition promoting legislation in support of funding and coordinating interoperable Next Generation 9-1-1 across the United States.  He is the Project Manager for the Countywide Public Safety P25 Radio System ensuring interoperable communications for more than 70 agencies, 3,500 first responders and serving a population of more than 1.2 million people in southeast Michigan.