Ray Lehr has more than 40 years of professional experience in public safety. As a 30 year member of the Baltimore City Fire Department, Chief Lehr help modernize operations as well as technology as the chief in charge of planning and technical services. He retired in 2000 but immediately began working for large systems integrators implementing the latest technology to improve state and local public safety agencies. In 2009 he was tapped to serve as the Maryland Statewide Interoperability Director where he directed a program management office (PMO) responsible for projects to improve public safety communications including a statewide 700 MHz land mobile radio (LMR) project.
Prior to the creation of FirstNet, Ray served as a Board member of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) representing the National Governors Association. He also became the Maryland’s State Point of Contact (SPOC) for FirstNet and initiated the first state initial consultation process with FirstNet in 2014 that provided a framework for future engagements with the nation’s public safety leaders and state officials. In 2015 the Performance Institute named Ray as a Fellow, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband. He has now embarked on a consulting career focused on ensuring first responders gain access to the latest in technology to make their mission more successful with increased safety.