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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext. 13
jadkins@ghsa.org

GHSA Hires National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Manager

New Position to Support Highway Safety Law Enforcement Liaisons Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is pleased to announce it has selected Lowell Porter to serve as national law enforcement liaison program manager. In this newly created position, Porter will coordinate a national law enforcement liaison program designed to enhance highway safety through an increasing involvement of law enforcement officials across the country. Funding for the position is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

State Law Enforcement Liaisons (LELs) work with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to provide traffic law enforcement expertise, encourage involvement in state traffic law enforcement initiatives and act as a liaison between the state’s law enforcement community and the SHSO.  As national law enforcement liaison program manager, Porter will work to build stronger communications between LELs, assist in coordination of LEL activities nationwide and offer technical assistance for the widespread implementation of highway safety programs in communities throughout the nation.

The desired outcome of these activities is to create a stronger and more cohesive law enforcement liaison network between the states, territories, and NHTSA Regions.

Prior to his selection, Porter served as Director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission since 2005. He managed a budget of approximately $20 million a year while overseeing a decline in the state fatality rate from 1.17 to 0.80, lowest ever in the state of Washington. Before that, he was Chief of the Washington State Patrol, the largest public safety agency in the state. He began his career with the Washington State Patrol in January of 1980 and was promoted through the ranks from trooper to Chief, with a variety of both operational and administrative assignments. During his tenure with the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, Porter served GHSA in numerous roles, culminating as Vice Chairman from 2008-2010.

GHSA Chairman Troy E. Costales notes, “Lowell’s long tenure in the law enforcement community and as director of a state highway safety office make him an ideal candidate for this position, and I am confident he will be an effective advocate for the law enforcement liaison community. By promoting stronger communications among state LELs and providing training to enhance their skills and effectiveness, Lowell will play a key role in improving highway safety in the states and territories.”

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq. Follow us on Twitter at @GHSAHQ.