Statewide 9-1-1 Leadership

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  • Colonel Kelly J. Walter
  • Deputy Director

Colonel Kelly Walter was appointed as Deputy Director for the Office of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator, having previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director and Deputy Director of the Division of Administration. Colonel Walter is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Springfield, holding a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Upon graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy in June 2001, Colonel Walter worked patrol in District 9, transferring to Zone 4 Investigations in 2004. Prior to her appointment to Deputy Director, Colonel Walter held positions in the Logistics Bureau, Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, and the Illinois State Police Legal Office.

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  • Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Tufenkjian was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Office of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator in March 2021. Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian is a 30 year veteran of the Illinois State Police, beginning her career as a Telecommunicator in District 2 in 1991. Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian became an Administrative Assistant in Chicago in 1995, before applying as a sworn officer and starting the ISP Academy in March 1997. Upon graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian was assigned to District Chicago where she served in patrol before being assigned as a staff officer and becoming Chief of Staff in 2006. Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian transferred to Zone 1 Investigations in 2010, and in 2013 was promoted to Lieutenant, serving as the Northern Assistant Bureau Chief for the Communication Services Bureau. Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian became the Bureau Chief of the Telecommunication Services Bureau after a Department restructure in 2019 where she served until her recent appointment. Her assignments include the 2012 NATO Summit Spouse Detail and Platoon Commander for two ISP Presidential Inauguration Security Details. Lieutenant Colonel Tufenkjian graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies.

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  • Ms. Cindy Barbera-Brelle
  • Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator

Ms. Cindy Barbera-Brelle was appointed by the Governor’s Office as the first Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator on February 8, 2016 and reappointed for a two-year term in January of 2017 and August of 2019. She was previously the Executive Director of the Northwest Central Dispatch System (NWCDS). In this role she oversaw the day-to-day technical, administrative, and operational functions of the multi-jurisdictional 9-1-1 communication center that served eleven communities in northwest suburban Cook County. Prior to her incumbency with NWCDS, she served as a Director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department where she oversaw its 9-1-1 emergency communication center for the unincorporated areas of the county. In addition to her work in the public sector, Ms. Barbera-Brelle was a Senior Program Manager with Printrak a Motorola Company. She oversaw the implementation of multi-agency computer aided dispatch and record management systems.

Ms. Barbera-Brelle earned her bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University. She holds a master’s degree from DePaul University and a MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.