ProfileSince 2011 Budge has been with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Budge has served as a Radio Engineer as well as numerous other strategic planning positions. Since 2014 Budge served as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for California and he has led the California Emergency Function 2 (EF-2 – Communications). As the SWIC and EF-2, he developed procedures for several statewide catastrophic plans and emergency response. Since 2016, Budge has served as the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Branch Manager for California and is responsible for the 9-1-1 Network that supports 440 PSAPs with an annual call volume of 27 million 9-1-1 calls. Since 2017 Budge has been the lead program manager for the Broadband Services Division and coordinates the deployment of FirstNet and Broadband Services in California. Prior to coming to CalOES, Budge assisted counties and states across the nation with public safety communication system and planning for interoperable communications, and Public Safety Answering Points. Budge has over 20 years of communication’s experience while serving as a Communications Officer in the Marine Corps. Budge holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.