Vail Public Safety Communications Center Supervisor Bonnie Collard has been named 2017 Supervisor of the Year by the statewide chapter of 9-1-1 professionals. Collard was honored during a presentation ceremony on April 18 sponsored by the National Emergency Number Association and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. The annual awards ceremony coincides with National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week and celebrates the top 9-1-1 professionals in the state.
Collard was nominated for the award by Vail Public Safety Communications Center Director Marc Wentworth who praised her collaborative leadership skills. “Bonnie’s innate selfless desire to help her fellow supervisors, her direct reports and ultimately the citizens and guests of Eagle County set her apart from her peers,” he said. In addition to excelling in her primary role, she helped to forge partnerships with neighboring Aspen/Pitkin County Communications by cross-training and working with them for over a year during a period of short-staffing, according to Wentworth. “Bonnie has embraced the public safety community of Eagle County, serving as an outstanding ambassador of the Vail Communications Center and her presence has created many positive and lasting professional relationships between our agency and others, both within Eagle County and with surrounding counties alike,” he said.
Bonnie started her employment with the Vail Public Safety Communications Center in November 2008 and was promoted to supervisor in 2014. On receiving the award, she said, “I am so humbled and honored. If it weren’t for my coworkers, both in the center and in the field, and my supervisors, I would not be where I am today. Thank you to all of Eagle County emergency services, you are the reason I do what I do.”
Vail Public Safety Communications Center is the primary emergency answering point for all of Eagle County. The center dispatches four police agencies, six fire agencies and one ambulance district, as well as several secondary agencies and utilities.
Contact: Marc Wentworth, 970-479-2231