US First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
Bill Schrier is senior adviser to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a federal government agency charged by Congress with deploying a nationwide cellular LTE network for America’s first responders. He leads FirstNet’s work on smart, safe communities (Internet of Things) and engagement with public safety agencies to determine needs and then develop improved or new apps and devices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of first responders.
Schrier’s previous experience includes serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Seattle Police Department, senior policy advisor in the State of Washington’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle.
He chaired the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, which oversees public safety radio networks in the State of Washington. He also served as Washington’s State Point of Contact for FirstNet, a nationwide $7 billion effort to build a wireless LTE mobile network for first responders and other public safety agencies.
As CIO for the Seattle Police Department, Schrier oversaw a staff and program to build, operate and maintain technology systems which support this municipal public safety agency of 1350 sworn officers and 2000 total employees.
As CTO for the City of Seattle from 2003 to 2012, Schrier managed a department of 220 professionals and a $59 million budget supporting the technology needs of the municipal government of the City of Seattle.
Schrier holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics and Math. Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.