President – Alicia Nokes
1st Vice President – Valeta Rodabaugh
I consider the PD my second family.
2nd Vice President –
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.