CENCOM workers honored with national, state awards

Two Kitsap County CENCOM workers have been honored with national and state awards by APCO International, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

Donna Kelly was named Telecommunicator of the year for the entire county, and Ken Sala was named Communications Information Technician of the year for the state of Washington.

CENCOM is the center responsible for answering 911 and non-emergency calls for police, fire, EMS and animal control in Kitsap County.

Kelly has worked with CENCOM for 14 years, acting in a host of different roles, including primary call receiver, terminal agency coordinator, communications training officer and others.

"It's little wonder Donna has been honored with a national award: She is the personification of a great call receiver," said CENCOM Director Richard Kirton in a press release.

Sala has been recognized throughout the state for his exceptional work in the field of information technology. In his six years working at CENCOM he has become responsible for the design, repair, installation and maintenance of the entirety of CENCOM's electronic systems.

APCO International, the body that awarded Kelly and Sala, is the largest organization of public safety communications professionals in the world.


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