MPSCS Management Team
Bradley Stoddard, Director, Michigan's Public Safety Communications System
Phone: 517-284-4101, StoddardB@michigan.gov
Bradley Stoddard is responsible for the oversight of one of the most state-of-the-art public safety radio systems in the country. Hosting over 1,600 public safety agencies across the state, the $230 million system serves the needs of federal, state, and local first responders and plays a critical role in how Michigan responds to emergencies and the everyday public safety needs of its citizens.
Theron Shinew, Deputy Director
Phone: 517-284-4102, ShinewT@michigan.gov
Theron Shinew directs all projects that integrate or co-locate local infrastructure with MPSCS (radio towers, supporting electronics and shelters, and radios). Mr. Shinew is responsible for planning and implementation of MPSCS upgrades and enhancements as well as ongoing operation and maintenance. He provides administrative oversight and supervision of the billing system and MPSCS budget. In addition, he coordinates information technology initiatives and is the liaison with the Michigan State Police.
David Hayhurst, Infrastructure Services Manager
Phone: 517-284-4062, HayhurstD@michigan.gov
David Hayhurst is responsible for the Network Communications Center (NCC), Radio Programming Unit (RPU) and Site Maintenance (Steeplejacks) areas within MPSCS. The daily interaction between MPSCS Engineering, MPSCS Support Services, and Mr. Hayhurst’s sections are critical to providing a stable communications system for Michigan’s First Responders. He draws upon his 38+ years of public safety communications experience to provide reliable communications critical to Michigan’s First Responders. Mr. Hayhurst is also responsible for development of Integration Agreements and support agreements between MPSCS and local agencies who have towers or consoles integrated into MPSCS for increased capacity or functionality.
Patrick Kenealy, Engineering Services Manager
Phone: 517-284-4105, KenealyP@michigan.gov
Patrick Kenealy has overall responsibility for the direction of the Engineering Services Section of MPSCS: research and development; Public Safety System Integrations; 800 MHz Radio and Microwave Engineering Services; and Public Safety Enterprise Services. Mr. Kenealy manages the operational and functional activities of the areas led by direct subordinates which include the engineering and planning of the 800 MHz Radio System, the Microwave Backbone Network supporting the MPSCS, the Computer Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location systems, the MPSCS Asset Management System, the Mobile Data Infrastructure, and other public safety enterprise systems utilized by Michigan's agencies.
Buzz Leach, Business Unit
Phone: 517-284-4067, LeachG@michigan.gov
Gerald “Buzz” Leach is responsible for the Business Services section of MPSCS. The Business Services section provides MPSCS Program Management, a performance and trending measurement program that leads to long term business improvements. Business Services is also responsible for MPSCS member outreach, billing analysis and management, project and process improvement, policy development, and system growth trending. They manage the business logistics for public safety co-locations on MPSCS tower sites, as well as commercial co-locations on non-MPSCS towers and facilities. Additionally, Business Services develops and manages the budget with the Director of MPSCS, and also develops and manages contract agreements and licenses.
Ralph Liddle, NCC Supervisor
Phone: 517-284-4068, LiddleR@michigan.gov
Ralph Liddle is responsible for directing the work of the Network Communications Center (NCC). The NCC monitors the MPSCS infrastructure, operational readiness, maintenance and enhancements to MPSCS as well as other supporting radio systems. Mr. Liddle’s staff in the NCC has full operational control of the MPSCS Network, and they are critical in identifying system technical failures, coordinating emergency system repairs, supporting interoperable communications, analyzing system performance, and ensuring the operational readiness of the MPSCS. He also works closely with the Engineering, Radio Programming Unit, and MPSCS Field Services staff on a variety of issues and programs, including the integration of new infrastructure and preventative and reactive maintenance for State and local users of MPSCS.
Dan Robinson, Acting Support Services Manager
Phone: 517-284-4085, RobinsonD4@michigan.gov
Dan Robinson is responsible for supporting the work of Electronics Technician Supervisors located in radio shops across Michigan, who in turn support the ongoing operation, maintenance and enhancements to MPSCS, as well as other state and local agency radio systems. This position manages the supervisory staff and works closely with the Engineering Services Manager and the Infrastructure Services Manager on a variety of issues and programs, including integration of new infrastructure, preventative and reactive maintenance, radio template development and programming for State and local users of the MPSCS, fleetmapping, and support of other radio infrastructure for MDOT and MDNR.
Mark Sandberg, Engineering Research and Development
Phone: 517-284-4086, SandbergM@michigan.gov
Mark Sandberg leads a team of engineers and technicians who are responsible providing engineering support for the 700/800 MHz radio system, microwave backhaul network, and related infrastructure. These support activities include system design and R&D, testing and verification, FCC Licensing duties, engineering for system integrations, statistical analysis, system documentation, and technical support for field staff and public safety events.
Jennyl Simon, Communication & Outreach
Phone: 517-284-4104, SimonJ5@michigan.gov
Jennyl Simon is responsible for the MPSCS and Public Safety Broadband websites, MPSCS Newsletters, and organizing the MPSCS User Group meetings.
Randy Williams, Public Safety Enterprise Services Unit
Phone: 517-284-4084, Williamsr14@michigan.gov
Randy Williams leads a team of engineers and IT professionals who support the MPSCS data network, network security, and dispatch center integrations. This group supports the MPSCS suite of public safety applications, computer-aided dispatch, the automatic vehicle/resource location system, enterprise asset management, NetMotion mobile VPN, Premier Mobile Data Client, and PremierOne Mobile. This team also provides day-to-day technical support for field staff and assists with public safety deployments, including interoperable communications exercises. Additionally, the team provides research and development, testing, evaluation and documentation of in-car integrated communication equipment for State of Michigan agencies.
Network Communication Center (NCC)
The MPSCS Network Communication Center (NCC) is responsible for the operational readiness and programming of the MPSCS. Our NCC is staffed 24x7x365 with senior-level Radio Technicians.