Staff

Marc C. Breckenridge
Director of Emergency Services

Director Breckenridge joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009 after 29 years of public safety experience including 11 years in Emergency Medical Services and almost 18 years in county government as Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Marc now leads the Emergency Services Division of the Sheriff’s office, which encompasses Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Hazardous Materials and Washtenaw Metro Dispatch.

Marc serves as Chair of the Washtenaw County Homeland Security Task Force, Chair of the Emergency Telephone (Enhanced 9-1-1) District Board, Emergency Coordinator for the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Treasurer for the Hazardous Materials Response Team Authority Board.  He also serves as Washtenaw County’s member on Southeast Michigan’s Urban Area Security Initiative (“UASI”) Board, as a member of the Michigan Board of Registration for Professional Emergency Managers, and was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Emergency Response Coordinating Council in 2010.

Marc has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Hazardous Materials and Paramedic Technology from Siena Heights University and is a graduate of the Central Michigan University Center for Public Service and the Federal Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Marc also holds Michigan certifications as a Professional Emergency Manager, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Professional, and licensed Paramedic.  He’s received several professional commendations including two citations for lifesaving action beyond the call of duty.

David Halteman
Assistant Director and
Emergency Services Manager

David was appointed as Assistant Director in March of 1997 and is deputized by the Washtenaw County Sheriff.  He previously held emergency communications positions in the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and with Eastern Michigan University Police.  In March of 2014, David was promoted to Manager of the county's Metro Dispatch Center.  David's responsibilities include managment of the Center's day-to-day operations as well as coordinator of the Enhanced 9-1-1 system, professional staff for the Emergency Telephone District Board and the Public Safety Answering Points committee.  David is also the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

David coordinates multiple collaborative projects including programs developed by the UASI (Homeland Security) Interoperable Communications Investment Committee, Michigan Public Safety Communications System Project Implementation Committee, and Geographic Information Systems Departmental Liaison and Project Oversight committees.  In addition, he serves as Washtenaw County's alternate member on the Hazardous Materials Response Team Authority Board and Local Emergency Planning Committee, and acts on behalf of the Emergency Management Director in his absence.

David earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications Technology with a minor in Graphic Design from Eastern Michigan University and is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and Michigan Professional Emergency Manager.  David has received a Meritorious Service Commendation, three Sheriff's Unit Citations, a Service and Program Improvement Citation for the creation and implementation of the Metro Dispatch Academy Training Program and an Emergency Services Supervisor of the year award.

Denise Wirtz
Administrative Assistant

Denise has been with the division since 1982. She was previously with the County's Community Mental Health division for five years.  Denise coordinates numerous record keeping projects, tracks accounts, and is liaison to various county business activities.  Denise staffs and helps the Director coordinate Homeland Security Task Force and Hazardous Materials Response Team Authority board meetings and activities. She is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie course, is cross-trained in radiological protection, and is a Michigan Professional Emergency Manager.

Joan Cottrell
EMS Office Coordinator
Washtenaw/Livingston Medical Control Authority

Joan has been with the division as coordinator for the Washtenaw/Livingston Medical Control Authority Board since 1996.  She was previously with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor as an Administrative Assistant in the Emergency Business Office and then with the newly established Emergency Residency Program Office. Joan's responsibilities include coordinating meetings, insuring clearance requirements for EMS personnel and day-to-day office operations. She is a graduate of Washtenaw Community College and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician.

Kenneth Kelly
Emergency Planning Assistant

Ken was Washtenaw County's Continuity of Government and Local Support Plan project manager in 2005, and returned to the Division full time in 2007.  Ken was previously a popular Washtenaw County radio broadcaster and station operations manager for 18 years... with an extensive local news and public information background.  He attended St. Francis College in New York and the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts; and is presently completing the Michigan Professional Emergency Manager certification program.  Ken's responsibilities include development and maintenance of Washtenaw County's Emergency Action Guidelines, and with continually updating the local response plans for hazardous materials facilities, pipelines, dams and spillways.  He also maintains Washtenaw County's Hazard Mitigation Plan, and coordinates Washtenaw County's annual disaster exercise.

Benjamin Pinette
Emergency Planning Coordinator
Homeland Security Program

Ben has been with the division since 2008 and was appointed as Emergency Planning Coordinator in 2010.  He previously spent 13 years in sales and business management and was a volunteer coordinator for Washtenaw County’s Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and Skywarn Spotter programs for eight years.

Ben serves as the Division’s Homeland Security Grant Program project manager and as professional staff to the Washtenaw County Homeland Security Task Force. Ben assists with the development of Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) programs and strategic initiatives, and coordinates local implementation. He also maintains National Incident Management System compliance requirements including training, personnel identification, resource typing, and progress reporting.

Ben is a certified Professional Emergency Manager in Michigan and is cross-trained in both Hazardous Materials Operations and emergency communications.  Ben has received an award for Professional Administrative Excellence and a Sheriff’s Unit Citation for his leadership in the development and construction of the County's Mobile Command vehicle.

Sarah Taylor
Dispatch Operations Coordinator

Sarah joined the Washtenaw County Emergency Services Division in 2010 and has 12 years of active experience in the 9-1-1 field.  Through her past experiences as a Dispatcher, Supervisor and Training Coordinator she is able to utilize her progressive knowledge of dispatch roles, training methods and operations to supervise Washtenaw Metro Dispatch as a Dispatch Operations Coordinator.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University and is a certified Emergency Number Professional.  She is a member of both The Association of Public –Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).  Sarah has received an award for Professional Administrative Excellence, three Sheriff’s Unit Citations and a Service and Program Improvement Citation for assisting in the creation and implementation of the Metro Dispatch Training Academy Program.

Rochelle Noonan
Dispatch Operations Coordinator

Rochelle joined the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in January 2003, with previous law enforcement experience with Saginaw Valley State University Police, where she worked as a Dispatcher and Service Officer.  During her time with the Sheriff’s Office, she has dutifully served as a Communications Training Officer and Shift Leader.

Rochelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University.  Her belief in continued education led her to pursue graduate studies earning a Master of Science degree from Concordia University in Organizational Leadership and Administration.

Rochelle holds certifications in Emergency Police Dispatch, Emergency Medical Dispatch, Professional and Advanced Dispatch, WMD Incident Command, WMD Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders, Hostage Negotiations I & II, Active Shooter, Officer Down, Suicide Intervention and Domestic Violence Incidents.
During her years with the Sheriff’s Office, Rochelle has been honored with the following awards and commendations: Life Saving Award, Meritorious Service Award, Sheriff’s Special Citation, Administrative Excellence Citation, four Unit Citations, two Service and Program Improvement Citations and is a two time recipient of the Dispatch Supervisors choice for Dispatcher of the Year Award.

Jonathan (Eric) Waddell
Dispatch Operations Coordinator

Eric joined the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, with 4 years of previous law enforcement experience at the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety, where he worked as a Dispatcher and Systems Administrator.  During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, he has dutifully served as a Communications Training Officer and Shift Leader.

Eric currently holds multiple certifications in various dispatch related topics and currently uses his accumulated knowledge and experience to create and manage the courses used in the Washtenaw County Dispatch Academy.

Eric has been honored with multiple awards for service from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police and Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety.  Most recently Eric was honored as 2011's Emergency Services Employee of the Year and received Program Service and Improvement awards in 2012 for his work on developing the Washtenaw County Dispatch Academy.

Anne Daws-Lazar
Critical Incident Debriefing Coordinator

Anne was born in Michigan and has lived here most of her life.  She started working as a communications operator in the Ann Arbor Police Department in 1979.  She worked there for 6 years before moving to New York state in 1985.  While in New York she obtained a BA from SUNY (State University of New York) in Albany in Social Welfare.  She worked in an ER as a Unit clerk and also for the Rensselaer County ARC as a job coach while living in Troy, New York.  In 1993 she moved back to Michigan and back to the Ann Arbor Police Dept for 19 more years as a dispatcher. In 1995 she was trained in basic CISM and joined the CISM team of Washtenaw County.  Anne became the program coordinator for the CISM team in 1996 (in what was supposed to be a 1 year position that lasted 5 years).  Throughout the last 18 years she has been an active member of the CISM team and has also responded on numerous TERN requests.

When she retired from the Ann Arbor Police in 2012 she was also working part time as an instructor at Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology in Canton.  She taught there from 2009 until 2013 covering public safety dispatch related curriculum as well as emergency response and other various topics from June 2009 to February 2013.  Anne has had various emergency response and crisis intervention training courses during her time at Ann Arbor Police department and at MIAT.

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