Director Becky Tapia, began her career in Public Safety in2002 with Winfield Area Emergency Services as an Emergency Medical Technician, and served as a Reserve EMT/Fire Fighter with the Winfield Fire Department. In 2007, Director Tapia began working as a full-time Dispatcher for the Winfield Police Department in Winfield Kansas, earning the rank of Senior Dispatcher. In 2013, Director Tapia was promoted to Communications Shift Supervisor for Cowley County Emergency Communications. Director Tapia was hired by the Andover Police Department on January 5th, 2015 as their Emergency Communications E-911 Director. As the Communications Director, Director Tapia is responsible for the oversight of the E-911 Communications Center and Records staff; oversees and maintains the City’s radio communications infrastructure; oversight of the Departments police records and records management, oversight of the Property and Evidence process including handling and storage, and performs the duties of the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
Director Tapia graduated from the 26th NENA Center Manager Certification Program in 2015 and is a Certified Emergency Center Manager.
Director Tapia is a graduate of Leadership Butler, Class of 2015.
Director Tapia is a graduate of the APCO Institute Public Safety Communications Accreditation Manager, 2017.
Director Tapia was the recipient of the 2019 “Civilian of the Year” award.