Chris Maiers, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Iowa
Chris Maiers was appointed as the SWIC for the State of Iowa in May of 2017. Chris has routinely coordinated and worked with interoperability stakeholders at the municipal, county, state and federal level since his appointment. During this time, he has advised and worked closely with the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) to adopt over 70 standards, policies, technical recommendations, and statements designed to enhance interoperable communications processes with in- and out-of-state partners. In addition, he has assisted several hundred agencies get connected to the P25 Phase II 700/800 MHz Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS) for interoperable communications and overseen the development of several training programs related to the use of the ISICS. Chris has also served as a point of contact for emergency communications responses following disasters such as the August 2020 derecho that impacted much of Iowa.
In addition, Chris also serves as a voting member representing the State of Iowa and ISICSB on the TIA/TR-8 engineering committees, Executive Committee member of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) representing Regional Interoperability Council VII, co-chair of the Joint SAFECOM and NCSWIC Technology Policy Committee, and is a voting member of the P25 Steering Committee representing NCSWIC.
Prior to his appointment, Chris worked as an environmental specialist in the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he performed data analysis, drafted reports for stakeholders, and coordinated with contractors to develop and refine policies and procedures for air quality monitoring and equipment disposal. There, he was able to research air quality forecasting techniques in order to alert Iowans of deteriorating air quality before the event occurred. Before his time in the Iowa DNR, Chris worked for nearly seven years as an operational on-air meteorologist with a local television station in Iowa. During that time, he achieved certification via the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM #313 – now inactive). While working as a broadcast meteorologist, Chris offered consulting expertise on Doppler weather radar systems to other television stations and taught meteorology classes at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Chris is a graduate of Iowa State University's meteorology program. He has also volunteered his time with the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Weather Association and previously served as president of the Chapter. He also coaches Little League baseball in the Des Moines area.