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911 Authority Board

The El Paso – Teller County Authority Board is composed of nine members.

Three members are appointed by the Colorado Springs City Council to represent the City. One member is appointed to represent Teller County. Two appointments are made by the El Paso County Commissioners, and represent El Paso County at Large. The remaining three members are appointed by the Authority to represent cities, towns, military and special districts.

Each Authority member can serve a maximum of two three-year terms. Considerable time is given by those who serve on the Board to assure that the 911 system in El Paso and Teller Counties operates in a highly professional manner.

Representing City of Colorado Springs

Michael Dalton ,  Chairman of the Board

Michael Dalton
Battalion Chief Mike Dalton became a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Department in 1981. He has been involved in the Hazmat, High Angle Rescue, Heavy Rescue, and community education programs.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996. Serving as the Training Lt. After promoting to captain in 2003 he as assigned to the division of the Fire Marshall supervisingcommunity education, existing building insepctions and fire investigations.

He promoted to Battalion Chief in 2010 and has recently been assigned as the Training Chief.

Chief Dalton has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University.

1st Term: 03/27/12 to 03/24/14

2nd Term: 03/24/14 to 03/24/17

You can contact Michael Dalton by mail:
375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-7261
Fax: 719-385-7386

Representing City of Colorado Springs

Pat Rigdon

Pat Rigdon

Pat Rigdon is a native of Colorado Springs. He has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since 1995 and is currently a Commander overseeing the Specialized Enforcement Division. Pat has a B.A. in Sociology from Cornell College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado.

He is also a graduate of the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy.

1st Term: 05/25/13 to 05/25/16

You can contact Pat Rigdon by mail:
705 S. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-444-7759
Fax: 719-578-6852

Representing City of Colorado Springs

Vincent Niski

Vincent Niski
I moved to Colorado Springs in 1970 and have been a resident here for 43 years.  I attended the University of Northern Colorado and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982.  I have been married for 33 years and have three wonderful children.  I have been a member of the Colorado Springs Police Department for 25 years and am currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Bureau.

I look forward to contributing to the success of the El Paso-Teller County Enhanced 9-1-1 Authority Board.

1st Term: 02/25/14 to 02/25/17

You can contact Vincent Niski by mail:
705 S Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-444-7404
Fax: 719-578-6169

Representing El Paso County

Dave Rose

Dave Rose
As Chief Public Information Officer for El Paso County, Dave is responsible for a wide range of information programs, public outreach and citizen engagement initiatives for El Paso County.

Prior to joining county staff in 2008, Dave worked for more than 30 years in radio and television news including positions as News Director and Station Manager at KOAA TV Channel 5 and News Director at KRDO TV Channel 13.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Information Officers.


1st Term: 01/14/14 to 01/14/17

You can contact Dave Rose by mail:
200 South Cascade Ave, Ste100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6540

Representing El Paso County

Robert McDonald

Robert McDonald

Bureau Chief Robert McDonald has worked for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for over 22 years, starting with the office in 1992. He is currently assigned as the Support Operations Bureau Chief.

He has had the opportunity to work in all three Bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office, starting his career in the now closed Metro Detention facility. Since his transfer to Law Enforcement in 1996, his assignments have included Patrol, Special Enforcement Detail, Fugitive Apprehension, Investigations, K9, SWAT, Vice Narcotics and Intelligence and Special Operations.

Upon his promotion to Commander in 2012, he has served as the Commander of Emergency Services, Administrative Services, and Support Operations. He has over 2000 hours of specialized law enforcement training, including being a graduate of the 252nd FBI National Academy and Penn State’s Police Executive Development Course.

1st Term: 05/14/13 to 05/14/16

You can contact Robert McDonald by mail:
27 E. Vermijo Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-7245
Fax: 719-520-7259

Representing Teller County

John Gomes

John Gomes

John Gomes grew up in Colorado Springs, and graduated from Harrison High School. John joined the United States Air Force in 1975 and after serving for 12 years as a Law Enforcement Specialist pursued his civilian career in Law Enforcement.

John attended Pikes Peak Community College where he graduated with an AAS Degree in Criminal Justice. He also holds a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from Grantham University. He is a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy. John worked for the Colorado State Patrol and in 1987 joined the Woodland Park Police Department. In 2014, he retired from the Woodland Park Police Department and now serves with the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

During his employment, John has served as a Patrol Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Deputy Chief of Police and now serves as the Undersheriff in Teller County. He worked many years as an undercover narcotics officer while assigned to a metropolitan task force. John has also worked as a general crimes detective, a domestic violence team supervisor, a reserve liaison officer, professional standards supervisor, major crimes supervisor and as the department’s Public Information officers (PIO). John was an Adjunct Instructor at the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy. John received the department’s Life Saving Award. He served as a Director of the boards for both the Northeast Teller County Fire District and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Colorado Springs. He currently is a board member of the Fourth Judicial District’s Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) in El Paso/Teller County.

1st Term: 09/15/10 to 09/15/13

2nd Term: 09/15/13 to 09/15/16

You can contact John Gomes by mail:
P.O. Box 27
Divide, CO 80814
Phone: 719-687-9652

Representing Cities, Towns, U.S. Military, and Special Districts

Robert Weller, Vice-Chairman of the Board

Robert Weller

Robert Weller Joined the Colorado Springs Fire Department in 1971. With promotion to Deputy Chief in 1996. Weller assumed command on the Support Services Division. His Duties included Managing and administrating support services programs, with responsibility for facilities design and construction, capital improvements programs, apparatus procurement and maintenance, the department’s Training Division, Office of Emergency Management, Personnel, and Communications. During his tenure, Weller was responsible for the construction of four fire stations, and the department’s 55,000 square foot Administrative and Training Fire Department Complex.
Mr. Weller retired from the Colorado Springs Fire Department in 2005, after 34 years of service.

1st Term: 04/27/11 to 04/27/14

2nd Term: 04/27/14 to 04/27/17

You can contact Robert Weller by mail:
14520 Aiken Ridge View
Colorado Springs, CO 80926

Representing Cities, Towns, U.S. Military, and Special Districts

Matthew Love, Secretary

Matthew Love

Matthew Love serves as the Fire Chief for the Cimarron Hills Fire Department and is a native of Colorado. He has been serving Colorado communities through emergency services since 1997 with the support of his wife, Kristen, and son, Tyler. Chief Love has worked with many Colorado emergency service agencies to include the City of Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Chief Love has earned the distinguished Chief Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a proud graduate of the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management, holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology, an Associate Degree in Wildland Fire Science, and is nearing completion of a Master of Science Degree in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership.

1st Term: 01/28/15 to 01/28/18

You can contact Matthew Love by mail:
1835 Tuskegee Place
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Phone: 719-591-0960
Fax: 719-591-0996

Representing Cities, Towns, U.S. Military, and Special Districts

Keith Buckmiller, Treasurer

Keith Buckmiller

Born in New Jersey 1985, moved to Security in 8th grade. Graduated from Widefield high School in 1976. In 1980, moved to Woodland Park and joined the Fire Department. Joined the Ivywild/Cheyenne Canon Fire Department in 1982. Hired into the Colorado Springs Fire Department in 1984, and have served as Firefighter, Paramedic, Driver-Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Fire Marshal. In April 1991, moved into the city of Manitou Springs. Joined the Manitou Springs Fire Department two months later, and served as Fire firefighter, Medical Captain, Assistant Chief and in 2002 was elected Fire Chief. In between this time, worked for Professional Paramedics and St Francis Ambulance as both EMT-Basic and Paramedic respectively. In 1996, joined the Colorado Urban Search and Rescue Team CO-TF1 (FEMA), which lead to deployments to the Fort Collins Flood and the World Trade Plaza as a Search Team Specialist. Was a Pikes Peak Regional Communications Network (PPRCN) trainer when the city and county implemented 800 MHZ radio system.

1st Term: 01/27/10 to 01/27/13

2nd Term: 01/27/13 to 01/27/16

You can contact Keith Buckmiller by mail:
620 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: 719-685-1444
Fax: 719-685-5404

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