Among the first group of inductees was former sheriff of Bradley County, Dan Gilley, who served 20 years in that position.
Gilley, who now serves the Tennessee Homeland Security Department, was cited for his leadership in facilitating the unification of the previously separate communications centers operated by the BCSO and the city of Cleveland.
This unification was among the first of its kind in the state and helped to reduce taxes required from the county, and the cities of Cleveland and Charleston, while improving 911 services, now operated by the 911 District.
“Dan Gilley’s vision and leadership, and his ability to bring together the elected officials of the cities and county, as well as the leaders of emergency service agencies, resulted in these achievements,” said Chris Masiongale, president of the Tennessee Emergency Number Association, or TENA, while recognizing Gilley. “He deserves recognition as a member of the 911 Hall of Honor.”
In accepting the honor, Gilley insisted credit be shared with current and former leaders of the 911 Board, particularly the county and city mayors; sheriffs and police chiefs; directors of the Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Management Agency; city managers; chiefs of the county and city fire departments; private citizens, including Joe Davis, Connie Spencer and the late John Simmons; and 911 Director Joe Wilson.
Wilson was praised for his professional management of the 911 Center, which has made Bradley County a regional and statewide model.