FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2013
Contact: Jonathan Adkins
GHSA Names Betkey National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Manager
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vernon F. Betkey, Jr., former Maryland Highway Safety Director and veteran law enforcement official, has been named the national law enforcement liaison program manager for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In the position, Betkey will partner with GHSA member states to foster greater involvement of law enforcement officials in highway safety. Funding for the position is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Across the nation, a network of law enforcement liaisons (LELs) work with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to provide traffic enforcement expertise and spur collaboration between the SHSOs and state and local law enforcement agencies on key traffic safety initiatives. As the national law enforcement liaison program manager, Betkey will work to build stronger communication between LELs, assist in coordinating LEL activities nationwide, and offer technical assistance to aid in the widespread implementation of highway safety programs in communities across the nation.
Betkey brings an extensive background in law enforcement and traffic safety to his new position along with a thorough understanding of how state highway safety offices and GHSA function. After a distinguished 25-year career in the Maryland State Police, he joined NHTSA as a regional law enforcement liaison working with police agencies in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. A year later, he joined the Maryland Highway Safety Office and was named Director in 2003.
During his tenure leading the Maryland SHSO, he was elected to four terms as Chairman of GHSA and represented the association on national committees and task forces. He also served as a member of the team that created the National Law Enforcement Liaison Training Curriculum and worked with the first national LEL program manager to craft the position.
GHSA Chairman Kendell Poole calls Betkey’s selection “great news for highway safety.” Poole added, “Vern is respected by his law enforcement and SHSO peers because he understands how these organizations work and interact. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a keen ability to bolster collaboration and communication and get things done.”
Betkey succeeds Lowell Porter, who recently returned to his home state of Washington to serve as Director of Emergency Management in Pierce County.
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