Melinda Bramley began her career with the Virginia Beach 911 Emergency Communications Division in 1969. She began her career as an offense clerk and has served as dispatcher, operations supervisor, administrative supervisor and communications specialist. Melinda is currently the Training and Retention Specialist for the division and is responsible for the planning, administration, and oversight of the Virginia Beach 911 Emergency Communications Divisionís training function. Her responsibilities also include creating activities and programs to enhance the selection, hiring and retention of Emergency Communications Division Employees. Melinda possesses an extensive knowledge of the entire operation of the Virginia Beach Communications Division. Melinda holds an Associates Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Administration. She is also an Emergency Medical Dispatch Instructor and a Department of Criminal Justices General Instructor. Melinda represents her department/division in a positive manner in both APCO and Region 42. Melinda has been a member of APCO (Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Inc.) since 1982, and has served on the Executive Board since 1984. Melinda has served as Virginia APCO President, Virginia APCO Secretary and as Virginia APCO Treasurer. She has been awarded Life Membership in the Virginia Chapter of APCO. Melinda has been a member and served as Secretary of the Region 42 Committee since its creation in 1988 until her retirement. Melinda was an active member of NENA. She retired January 1, 2011.