Colonel Kenneth L. Morckel (ret) served as Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) from 2003 to 2007. In this cabinet-level position, Col. Morckel was responsible to the Governor for the operations of the eight divisions within the ODPS; Homeland Security, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, Ohio Investigative Unit, Criminal Justice Services and Administration. Prior to being named ODPS Director in 2003, Col. Morckel served nearly 29 years in the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and was named the 13th Superintendent of the OSHP in 2000.
Colonel Morckel is the Owner/Director of Law Enforcement/Homeland Security Services for First Response Enterprises, LLC. In 2013 he joined The Digital Decision (TDD) as their Senior Consultant regarding National Public Safety Broadband Network outreach. TDD provides strategic consulting services to a broad range of clients specializing in first responder communications and technology support management. Since 2007 Col Morckel has traveled to 45 of the 50 states offering his services regarding the funding and governance of Statewide Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems, next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications, and Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). These services have involved the enhancement of a variety of law enforcement and homeland security mission critical responsibilities focused on prevention, protection, response and recovery. He continues to be an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police working with the Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP Traffic Safety Committee, Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort (CARE), and he is a member of the IACP Homeland Security Committee.