FirstNet Authority names new executive director

The First Responder Network Authority announced Acting Executive Director Edward Parkinson has been selected to lead the organization


By Laura French

RESTON, Va. — The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board announced Thursday that Edward Parkinson has been named executive director of the organization.

“After conducting a comprehensive and thorough search, we are pleased to announce the selection of Ed Parkinson to be the Executive Director of the FirstNet Authority,” said FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz. “Ed’s leadership has been instrumental to the success of FirstNet, and he brings a passion and vision for the job that will ensure the organization continues to deliver for our nation’s first responders.”

Edward Parkinson has been named as executive director of the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority after serving as acting executive director since October 2018. (Photo/FirstNet Authority)
Edward Parkinson has been named as executive director of the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority after serving as acting executive director since October 2018. (Photo/FirstNet Authority)

Parkinson was named acting executive director for the FirstNet Authority in October 2018 and under his leadership, the organization reached several milestones including the release of the FirstNet Authority Roadmap and the first set of investment opportunities for expanding and enhancing the network. 

“Ed has a deep understanding of FirstNet and public safety, as well as a commitment to driving innovation for our nation’s first responders,” said FirstNet Authority Board Vice Chair Sheriff Richard Stanek.  “I look forward to continue working with Ed to advance public safety’s network.”

Parkinson was one of the first employees to join the FirstNet Authority in 2013, and since then he has served in a variety of leadership positions within the organization, including executive director of external affairs.  Prior to joining the FirstNet Authority, he worked on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee for then-Chairman Peter T. King. During his time with the committee, Parkinson drafted the initial bill that began the effort to create FirstNet.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the Executive Director of the FirstNet Authority,” said Parkinson. “I am proud of the work that we do every day to help public safety and am excited about the opportunity to continue leading the FirstNet Authority as we evolve the network to meet their communications needs.”

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