Steve Souder, a life member of APCO International, is the Director of the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications DPSC). Steve has over twenty years of experience in emergency communications and has represented the E-911 industry and public safety more broadly on countless professional committees, national task forces, congressional and FCC hearings. His commanding presence, passion for the job and eloquent style of speaking has inspired an entire generation of E9-1-1 professionals in Virginia and beyond. Steve chaired the APCO Project RETAINS, a project started in 2001. The results of the project were released in 2005 and include the most extensive in depth research ever conducted on the issues impacting the recruitment, hiring, processing, training and retention of personnel in 911 public safety communications centers.