BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The director of emergency communications in Bedford County has been chosen to serve on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s E-911 Services Board.

Judson Smith, Bedford County’s emergency communications director, was one of just two people recently appointed to serve on the E-911 Services Board, according to the governor’s office.

“I am excited to serve on the E-911 Services Board and represent the state as we continue to maintain and enhance the future of 911 services throughout the Commonwealth,” Smith said.

Smith began his career in public safety in 2007 as an EMT and a paramedic. He then joined Bedford County as the director of emergency communications in 2020. County officials say Smith serves on several committees and boards locally and outside of Bedford.

He is currently the president of the National Emergency Number Association board which he has been a part of for years. Additionally, Smith has served on the Prehospital Care Committee for Trauma Services as the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) representative, the 988 Planning Coalition, the Joint Commission on Health Care Opioid Workgroup, and the 911 legislative committees. 

“I am pleased to appoint our newest board members to serve in their respective administration roles,” Youngkin said. “I am confident in each member’s ability to establish a best-in-class legacy for our administration while leading with diligence and skill. The expertise, innovation, and dedication to civil service demonstrated by each appointee will be an invaluable asset to the betterment of our Commonwealth. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Bedford County officials say that Smith’s appointment will run through June 30, 2024, with the possibility of reappointment for two additional terms.