Communication Board

 

President – Alicia Nokes

Alisha Nokes: Rawlins Police Department Dispatcher

 

1st Vice President – Valeta Rodabaugh

Valeta is the Rawlins Dispatch Supervisor. Valeta started with the Rawlins PD in May of 1997.  She was promoted to Senior Communications Officer and Training Coordinator in approximately 2005 and became the Communications Supervisor/Records Manager in 2011.  She is a certified Matron Instructor and a Certified FTO.  She has also recently been certified in Fire Dispatch and Fire Dispatch Instructor through APCO.  She has been a member of APCO since 2011 and in 2015 was elected as WPOA Secretary Treasurer.  She became the WPOA 1st Vice President in 2016.  She has been an officer for the Rawlins Police Protective Association in the past. She has 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

 

 

I consider the PD my second family.  

 

 

2nd Vice President – 

Crystal Fauver: Big Horn County Dispatcher

 

 

Secretary/Treasurer – 

Shelby Weeks: Douglas Police Department Dispatcher

 

 

Executive Officer – Heather O’Connor

Heather O’Connor is the Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch Trainer. Heather started her career at Wyoming Highway Patrol as a dispatcher in 1996 after attending Idaho State University and majoring in elementary education. During her almost 20 year career she has been afforded the opportunity to attend over 1000 hours of POST certified training. Her training ranged from Instructor Development to First Line Supervision, as well as topics like Hostage Negotiation Concerns, Active Shooting Response, and Social Media for Disaster Responses.

Heather currently trains newly hired and tenured dispatchers as well as trooper recruits in radio procedures and computerized law enforcement files. Additionally Heather trains at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for the WLEA Communications Basic and is the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the Wyoming Highway Patrol. She has trained at the Laramie County Community College for campus security, Cheyenne Citizens Police Academy, Junior Leadership of Laramie County as well as Laramie County Sheriff’s Department. Heather has been a member of the WLEA Communications Training Advisory Board (CTAB) since 2000 and currently serves as the secretary on the Junior Leadership of Laramie County Board.

Heather has received numerous awards, including two Meritorious Conduct Awards; one for a Trooper involved shooting incident, and one for the Move Over Law. Heather also received the Colonel’s Commendation for the co-Initiation of the Move Over Legislative Bill which was signed and became the Move Over Law for the State of Wyoming in July 2001. Heather is especially proud of the Move Over Law because it provides protection for first responders on Wyoming highways. Heather served on the Wyoming Peace Officers Association Communications Division Executive Board from 2009 – 2011, served on the WPOA Stores Committee from 2008-2011, and is currently serving as the 2nd Vice President on the Communications Division Executive Board.