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Alexandria’s Emergency Department Director Appointed to Board Overseeing National Public Safety

Renee Gordon, Director of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Renee Gordon is the director of Alexandria’s Department of Emergency and Customer Communications. She has been chosen to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo ten days ago.

“Director Gordon brings an undeniable spark to any room she walks into. Her leadership is unparalleled.,” said Tenesia P. Wells, Assistant Director of Alex 311. “She is innovative and passionate – a mixture needed to propel any endeavor forward.”

FirstNet is an independent entity within the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. FirstNet and the Department of Commerce began a partnership in 2017 with AT&T to build and operate the first responder network, a nationwide broadband network that will help first responders save lives and protect the nation’s communities.

Gordon will serve as a non-permanent member of the Board, which oversees the activities of FirstNet and AT&T. She has been in executive leadership with the city’s Department of Emergency for seven years. The department handles Alexandria’s 911, 311, and non-emergency calls.

She began her career as a police officer in Prince George’s County. She has also worked in emergency communications for the City of Baltimore and public safety communications for  the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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