Read our final report (PDF)


Why are we doing this study? 

During the 2019-2020 Washington State legislative session, the legislature approved and the governor signed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1109 (ESHB 1109) - Operating Budget. Section 145-6 For the Military Department requires a report on the 911 system be provided to the appropriate legislative committees by Oct. 1, 2020 to include:

A) The actual cost per fiscal year for the state, including all political subdivisions, to operate and maintain the 911 system including, but not limited to:

  • The ESInet;
  • Call handling equipment;
  • Personnel costs;
  • Facility costs;
  • Contractual costs;
  • Administrative costs; and
  • Legal fees.

B) The difference between the actual state and local costs and current state and local 911 funding.

C) Potential cost-savings and efficiencies through the:

  • Consolidation of equipment;
  • Regionalization of services or merging of facilities;
  • Positive and negative impacts on the public;
  • Legal or contractual restrictions; and
  • Appropriate actions to alleviate these constraints.

Who is on the study team?

Sponsor: Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General of the State of Washington

Project Lead:
Adam R. Wasserman, Washington State Enhanced 911 Coordinator

Project Facilitator:
Danni Colo, Project Analyst Pierce County Emergency Management
Executive Steering Committee:
Legislators, Stakeholders, Partners
E911 Advisory Steering Team:

Joann Boggs, Pend Oreille County
Richard Kirton, Kitsap County
Angie Fode, Adams County
Brenda Cantu, Grays Harbor County
Jonathan Brock, Pierce County
Keith Flewelling, Thurston County
Project Team Members:
All County 911 Coordinators
Work Groups:
Operations, Technical, Governance/Policy, Financial & Data Analysis, Recommendations

Copy of Project Charter (PDF)