City staff members earn certification, state award


16 February 2020

The City of Lawton is pleased to recognize and honor the achievements of two City staff members, Jessica Carter of Emergency Communications and Travis Estep of the Planning Department.


Carter recently completed a Certified Public Safety Executive (CPE) Program in Daytona Beach, Florida, as coordinated through the Association of Public-Safety Communications Professionals International. The programs consisted of two 12-week courses and a nine-day capstone seminar, and allows participants to explore topics that include management versus leadership, models/theories of leadership and public safety leadership issues, among other subject matter.

The CPE Program was established in 2016 and “designed to equip public safety communications professionals with the tools they need to move our industry forward through these exciting but challenging times,” according to APCO Executive Director and CEO Derek K. Poarch, who said that changes in technology, legal climates and workforce dynamics play into given challenges.

Since July 2019, Carter has served as Director of Emergency Communications for the City of Lawton. Emergency Communications aids the public and other safety agencies with emergency and non-emergency requests for service. The department processes calls and dispatches them to the most appropriate agency, including the police department, fire department, animal welfare and public utilities.


Estep will be formally recognized with the 2020 Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) Outstanding Achievement in Highway Safety Award on Feb. 20 in Norman, Oklahoma, during the Oklahoma Traffic Safety Summit. This award in intended to recognize partners across the state for outstanding efforts in highway safety programs.

The Oklahoma Traffic Safety Summit, Oklahoma’s premier traffic safety conference and training event, features sessions from experts in law enforcement, child passenger safety, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Awards are presented during a concluding luncheon of the summit. The vision of the OHSO is to “establish and maintain safe roadways for everyone.”

Estep has served as a transportation planner for the City of Lawton for the past five years. Nomination of this award was credited to his efforts in bike safety, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and efforts in adopting safety performance measures for the City of Lawton.

“We celebrate in the achievements of both Jessica and Travis, who are completely deserving of these successes,” said City Manager Michael Cleghorn. “We are incredibly proud of the dedication and leadership of these employees. The City of Lawton is fortunate to have so many exceptional public servants working throughout our community each day, who wish to raise the bar.”