Bradley A. Stoddard serves as the director of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), the second largest trunked communication system in the world. His oversight includes administration of a statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network that spans 59,415 square miles and includes 248 radio towers and over 81,000 radios. Under Stoddard’s direction, the network adheres to national standards to ensure a stable and secure framework for interoperable communications between local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders while also including public safety communication for citizens.
As part of a current effort to expand the landscape of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System, Stoddard is at the forefront of an inaugural program to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders. His vision for the public safety broadband wireless network in Michigan is a state-of-the-art platform for emergency communication capable of providing better and faster field situational awareness, live full-motion video and expanded database access capabilities.
Stoddard currently serves as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for Michigan and is involved in many workgroups of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC). He has also served on the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) and is a nationally recognized speaker on topics involving identity management, public safety applications and public safety communication. In addition, he is active in several state and national organizations, including the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Association of Public-safety Communications Officials (APCO) where he regularly participates in workgroups, serving frequently as chair or vice-chair. These organizations often utilize his expertise in the development of national standards, white papers and guidance documents.
Stoddard’s depth of experience entails managing, advancing and strategizing public safety initiatives; drafting legislation; briefing congressional members; testifying before Michigan’s legislative committees and state agencies; and actively participating in the federal and state rulemaking processes.
Prior to joining the State of Michigan, Stoddard worked with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Joint National Test Facility, aiding in the development of technologies utilized by the armed forces and federal agencies around the globe.
Stoddard has served as the director of Information Technology for the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. During his tenure with the State of Michigan, Stoddard managed the public safety mobile computing technologies and implemented key tools for the asset management and maintenance/cost tracking system, a critical tracking system supporting day-to-day operations and investments in the statewide communications system. He also developed and implemented a leading edge identity management criminal justice portal, Michigan’s Criminal Justice Information Network (MiCJIN), for the entire criminal justice community in Michigan.
Stoddard is proud to call Michigan his home and is honored to lead the daily operations of the Office of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System.