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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Glenn "Sonny" Cox Award for Excellence in Public Safety Communications



Garland County Department of Emergency Management

401 Mid-America Blvd.  /  Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone - 501-767-3911 / Fax - 501-767-6911


 September 01, 2021

Re:     James ‘Corky’ Martin
          2021 Glenn ‘Sonny’ Cox Award For Excellence In Public Safety Communications

At last weeks 2021 Arkansas Emergency Management Conference, Garland County 911/Communications Center Director, Corky Martin, was presented the ‘Honorable Mention’ Award for his nomination to the 2021 Glenn ‘Sonny’ Cox Award For Excellence In Public Safety Communications. 

This award is presented each year to a nominee that best fulfills specific criteria as established by the Arkansas Interoperable Communications Executive Committee. There were numerous nominations received by the AICEC for this years Award. Some of the guidelines are as follows:

 Purpose of Award 

  • To recognize selected individuals who have made exceptional contributions to public safety communications in Arkansas.  
  • To encourage and inspire others working in public safety disciplines in Arkansas to strive for excellence.  
  • To honor the award’s namesake, Glenn “Sonny” Cox, whose contribution to public safety communications in Arkansas through years of dedicated service cannot be measured. 

Objective Criteria and Qualifications for the Award 

  • In the course of the nominee’s qualifying public safety employment, the nominee must have direct personal experience with one or more of the following:  
    • Emergency communications dispatch or call center operations  
    • Public safety communications technology, providing technical support for radios and/or other communications equipment, implementation and maintenance thereof
    • Management of a public safety agency with respect to its emergency communications, including proper use of the emergency communications system, management of public safety communications personnel, appropriate contacts with the public and the media, appropriate contacts with other public safety agencies and departments  
    • Serves on advisory boards and other professional organizations related to public safety communications  
    • Training of public safety personnel in the use of radios, dispatch programs, and other emergency communications equipment and the appropriate use of the emergency communications system 

Subjective Criteria for the Award 

  • Nominee demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and superior skill in his/her area of emergency communications. 
  • Nominee exhibits a consistent willingness to share his/her job knowledge and expertise with coworkers. 
  • Nominee seeks self-improvement through continuing education, job training and/or certifications related to the nominee’s field of public safety communications. 
  • Nominee demonstrates exceptional dedication to service and job performance in public safety communications. 
  • Nominee exhibits cooperative and collaborative behavior with peers, maintaining a positive, team-oriented work environment. 
  • Nominee demonstrates the highest level of personal and professional conduct while serving in a public safety capacity. 

Also, at the Conference, Garland County Emergency Management Deputy Director, Robert (Bob) King, officially took office as President of the Arkansas Emergency Management Association Board of Directors. The term is for (2) years. He has previously held the positions of Historian, Vice-President and President-Elect. 

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