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Les Miller's background gives him an in-depth understanding of the need for a reliable, interoperable public safety communications system, the challenges of implementation and how to meet those challenges effectively.
He will apply his experience with the design, procurement and implementation of Project Hoosier SAFE-T (PHS), Indiana’s award winning statewide public safety wireless communication system, and the Indianapolis/Marion County Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency (MECA) replacement of its analog 800 MHz system with a digital, P25 800 MHz system, to every communications system project with which he is involved. While serving first as project manager for PHS and later as the executive director of the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC), he was the architect of PHS and led the IPSC staff that implemented it. He drafted the legislation creating the IPSC, the governance body which was comprised of public safety and elected stakeholders, and managed its adoption through the legislative process. PHS has become a national model and was recently awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Communications Technology Award.
He led the negotiation of the contract (initially valued at $82 million) with Motorola for PHS, to ensure that the state received the best possible system for the funds it was paying and that the system was implemented in a manner to maximize public safety. Mr. Miller oversaw the system design and coordinated the implementation strategy with local, state and federal public safety agencies.
For MECA, he served as project manager of this $37,000,000 initiative to replace the infrastructure and over 6000 radios and 80 consoles and implement new tower sites for all public safety and certain public service personnel in Indianapolis/Marion County. He led efforts for redesign of the infrastructure to improve coverage in critical areas and save money. In addition, by requiring Motorola to adhere to its contractual requirements, over $400,000 in taxpayer funds were saved.
The National Institute of Justice of the US Department of Justice selected him to be chair of the Governance Working Group of the National Task Force on Interoperability (NTFI). The NTFI was created to develop a guidebook (Why Can’t We Talk?) for state and local governments that wanted to implement interoperable public safety communications systems. He has made presentations on PHS before the Public Safety Wireless Network, State of
His public safety experience began while serving as executive assistant to then Governor Bayh for emergency management. Later, he was special counsel to the superintendent of the Indiana State Police. After he left the Indiana State Police, he became deputy director of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency for homeland security grants.
Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from