Statewide 9-1-1 Leadership

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  • Colonel Kelly J. Walter
  • Deputy Director
  • Kelly.Walter@Illinois.gov

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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  • Ms. Cindy Barbera-Brelle
  • Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator
  • Cindy.Barbera-Brelle@illinois.gov

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.