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"Develop and provide the highest level of standardized interoperable public safety and public service communications in accordance with the Code of Iowa."

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The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) was established in Iowa Code sections 80.28 and 80.29 under the joint purview of the State Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the State Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2007. ISICS now serves as the interoperability platform for the State of Iowa and its 3.19 million residents. ISICS is a two-zone 700/800 MHz Trunked P25 Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Phase II standard digital statewide radio platform providing 95% mobile coverage border to border (see map). The growth of ISICS users has been tremendous. At the time of the publishing of the ISICSB 2023 Annual Legislative Report, over 200 agencies and more than 34,000 radios utilize ISICS with almost 3 million push-to-talks, or radio transmissions, each month. ISICS users are in all levels of government and non-governmental organizations. 

ISICSB works to meet its mission through its six committees, one subcommittee, and various working groups. The Board represents the landscape of Iowa's public safety/public service profession and all levels of government among its 19 voting members. This diverse representation ensures the System works for all to improve interoperability. 

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ISICS Board Members

Board Members
Member                                                  TitleAgencyCommittee(s)Term End 

Mindy Benson

(Emergency Management)

Emergency Management DirectorBlack Hawk County Emergency ManagementFirstNet Broadband (Chair), Governance April 30, 2026

Michele Bischof

(Fire Department)

Superintendent of Technical ServicesDes Moines Fire DepartmentISICSB ChairApril 30, 2024




Daniel Brown

(Iowa DOT)

Director of Systems Support - IT DivisionIowa Department of TransportationFinance (Chair), Governance, Technology, User Group  

Blake DeRouchey


E911 Program ManagerIowa Homeland Security & Emergency ManagementFinance, FirstNet Broadband  


(Emergency Medical Services)


Dan Fank

(Sheriff's Office)

SheriffWorth County Sheriff's Office April 30, 2026

Cindy Heick

(Iowa HHS)

Program Planner - Emergency & Trauma ServicesIowa Department of Health & Human ServicesTraining & Outreach 

Wendi Hess

(Communications Center)

Communications SupervisorWoodbury Communications CenterUser Group (Chair)April 30, 2026

Heath Hove

(Iowa DPS)

Assistant Bureau ChiefIowa Department of Public SafetyFirstNet Broadband, Governance, Operations, User Group 

David Ness

(Municipal Police)

MajorDes Moines Police DepartmentGovernance (Chair)April 30, 2025

Haley Nichols (non-voting)

(Iowa SWIC)

Statewide Interoperability CoordinatorIowa Department of Public Safety / ISICSBFinance, FirstNet Broadband, Governance, Operations, Technology, Training & Outreach, User Group 


(Municipal Police)


Travis Solem

(Communications Center)

DirectorWarren County CommunicationsTraining & Outreach (Chair)April 30, 2024

Michael Strauser

(Iowa DNR)

Park RangerIowa Department of Natural Resources  

Jessica Turba 

(Iowa OCIO)

Special Projects AdministratorOffice of the Chief Information Officer  

Patrick Updike

(Iowa DOC)

Communications TechnicianIowa Department of CorrectionsISICSB Vice-Chair, Technology (Chair), User Group 

Jeff Vandewater

(Sheriff's Office)

SheriffAdair County Sheriff's Office April 30, 2025

Anna Voss


Telecommunicator InstructorIowa Law Enforcement Academy   

Curtis Woten

(Fire Department - Volunteer)

Volunteer FirefighterBlakesburg Fire & Rescue April 30, 2026
Jesse GreenSenatorBoone  January 12, 2025
Todd E. TaylorSenatorCedar Rapids January 12, 2025
Phil ThompsonRepresentativeBoone January 12, 2025
Ross WilburnRepresentative Ames January 12, 2025
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Become a Board Member

Click on the following link to apply to become an ISICS Board Member.

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ISICS Board Meetings

STANDARD BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE:  Meets the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

In Person Location:

Dallas County Human Services Campus

25747 N. Ave.

Adel, IA 50003

Online Location:

Click here to join the meeting

Conference Line:  1.312.757.3121

Access Code:  231-010-213#

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2024 ISICS Board Meeting Dates

January 11, 2024

February 8, 2024

March 14, 2024

April 11, 2024

May 9, 2024

June 13, 2024

July 11, 2024

August 8, 2024

September 12, 2024

October 10, 2024

November 14, 2024

December 12, 2024

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ISICSB Committees

  • Finance Committee

  • FirstNet Broadband Subcommittee

  • Governance Committee

  • Operations Committee

  • Technology Committee

  • Training & Outreach Committee

  • User Group Committee (UGC) 

    (RIC 1, RIC 2, RIC 3, RIC 4, RIC 5, RIC 6)

ISICSB Committees

Learn about ISICSB Committees (Committee Meeting Info, Committee Members, How to Join a Committee)

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Standards and Policies, Forms, Reports, Documents, Deployables

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ISICSB Newsletters







October - Special Edition

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