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Utah Communications Authority Regional Advisory Committee

The Utah Communications Authority (UCA) by statute is charged with having seven regional advisory committees (RAC) that provide information from respective associations of governments. The UCA Board, composed of nine members, is responsible for managing the affairs and business of the UCA.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is charged with appointing members to their RAC. The purpose of the RAC is to review, discuss, and make recommendations to the executive director of UCA regarding the public safety communications network, interoperability of emergency response systems, trends and standards in the public safety industry and technology, statewide strategic plan as described in State Code Section 63H-7a-206, and development of cooperative partnerships.

The RAC consists of no more than 12 members who have a background in public safety communications and are knowledgeable about the region served by the RAC. RACs shall meet at a minimum of twice per year and report to the UCA Board before September 1, at a minimum of once per year, regarding the RAC’s findings and recommendations. The chairperson of the RAC will also serve on the statewide Operations Advisory Committee, which reviews recommendations from the RACs and reports to the UCA Board.

Following are the minimum qualifications for consideration for appointment to the RAC.

  • A user of the statewide public safety communications network or a public safety radio system.
  • An individual with experience in law enforcement, fire service, or at a public safety answering point.
  • An individual in a leadership position that involves public safety communication.

Additionally, the committee must include one or two individuals who represent the telecommunications or public safety communications industry.

For additional information regarding the UCA RAC, please contact Wayne Bennion.

  • Mike Mathieu , Chair | Chief, Ogden Fire Department | 801-629-8069
  • Karl Kuehn, Vice Chair | Communications, Layton City Police | 801-336-3507
  • Blaine Breshears | Sheriff, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office | 801-829-0590
  • Mike Brown | Chief, Salt Lake City Police Department | 801-799-3801
  • Jon Fassett | Captain, Unified Police Department | 385-468-9710
  • Regina Nelson | Dispatch/Communications, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office | 435-833-8320
  • Paul Pitts | Network Administrator, Layton City | 801-336-3832
  • Ryan Shosted | Sergeant, Cottonwood Heights Police Department | 801-944-7100
  • Jon Tait | Senior Account Executive, Motorola Solutions Inc. | 801-571-7649
  • Bucky Whitehouse | Director, Tooele County Emergency Services | 435-833-8121
  • Wayne Bennion | Advisory Staff, WFRC | 801-363-4250 x 1112
  • Katie Gerard | Advisory Staff, WFRC | 801-363-4250 x 1127

Past Membership

2018 Meetings

2019 Meeting Schedule

The UCA RAC will meet as necessary and at a minimum of two times per year. Meetings will be held at WFRC, 41 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

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