GeoComm Announces the Retirement of Kathy Liljequist, 9-1-1 GIS Industry Expert and Longtime Employee

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GeoComm is delighted and disheartened to announce the retirement of Kathy Liljequist. Kathy, who joined GeoComm in 1996, has been a tremendous employee and is gifted with vast Geographic Information Systems knowledge. Kathy pioneered our 9-1-1 GIS services and software company when it was just starting out and later developed into an informational and experienced resource for the entire GIS and 9-1-1 industry.

Through her 19 years at GeoComm, Kathy has worked on hundreds of GIS mapping projects for 9-1-1 applications where she helped develop and implement customized training programs. She holds a master’s degree in Geography, is a certified GIS professional, and has presented at countless state, regional, and national public safety industry conferences. In addition, Kathy has been active in several industry associations including:

National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO)

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC)

Kathy has also served on various NENA NG9-1-1 workgroups and was recognized for her dedication to them at the recent NENA Development Conference. She is currently a member of the following work groups:

Data Management Committee Co-Chair

Data Management Chair

NG9-1-1 GIS Data Model member

Site Structure Address Point member

Emergency Call Routing Function/Location Validation Function (ECRF/LVF) member

“GeoComm salutes Kathy’s career at GeoComm. Kathy’s work was instrumental during the early and formative days of GIS for 9-1-1, and over the ensuing years helped to save many lives and properties!” John Brosowsky, GeoComm Vice President of Product Management and Innovation

Kathy’s retirement is our loss, but is well-deserved for her. If you would like to leave Kathy a retirement message please add a comment at the bottom of the page. We all wish Kathy the very best.

by ,GeoComm Announces the Retirement of Kathy Liljequist, 9-1-1 GIS Industry Expert and Longtime Employee - GeoComm,Inc.
Department | December 1, 2015

  38 comments for “GeoComm Announces the Retirement of Kathy Liljequist, 9-1-1 GIS Industry Expert and Longtime Employee

  1. Bob Nutsch
    December 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hello Kathy!

    I am so very happy to see that you can take some well-earned R&R. I sincerely wish you the very best.

    You have done so much for the State of North Dakota. It has been an absolute pleasure to know you and to work with you, you will be truly missed! You are a true professional and a very caring person, you provide such a personal touch to the business.

    If you are ever in the area, please give me a shout.

    May God bless you and your future.

    Best regards, Bob

  2. December 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Kathy, Thank you for your work with Henderson County over the years — you were instrumental in our success in becoming outstanding in our mapping for E911! Have a happy retirement! Best wishes! Becky

  3. Dawn Moore
    December 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy, on your well deserved retirement! Over the years, I have enjoyed many of your presentations and I have come to respect your extensive knowledge of GIS in the 9-1-1 industry. Your enthusiasm and delightful spirit has been inspiring to me. I wish you well in your future endeavors!

    Sincerely,
    Dawn Moore, Fayette County 9-1-1

  4. December 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Kathy – it’s been my great pleasure in knowing and working with you. You have been a source of great insights and support to both me and the entire NSGIC community. I congratulate you on the next chapter in your life pursuits. Be wella nd happy.

    Kenny Milelr

  5. December 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Kathy,
    Thank you for your years of dedicated service. I always looked forward to your presentations at NENA and APCO conferences. We have learned so much from you. Good luck and have a Blessed Retirement!
    Pam Snyder
    E911 Administrator-Frontier Communications

  6. Curtis Griffin
    December 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you Kathy in getting us on the right track! Enjoy your well earned retirement!

  7. Billie Huffman
    December 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    No, no, no, Kathy, you are not allowed to retire before me!! You are eclipsing me by a few short months, and I only wish the industry will miss me one half of what you will be missed by all of us. Best wishes on your retirement and remember you can always come back if you get too bored!!!
    Billie Huffman
    Scott Emergency Comm Center
    Davenport, IA

  8. Dan Miller
    December 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Wow! Kathy, it’s been a privilege to get to know you and learn from your vast experience in the GIS and 9-1-1 world. I wish you the best in your retirement and perhaps you’ll get to travel to places where you can relax and not be “up on the stage” presenting around the country. I’m sure you actually enjoyed doing all that and I hope you can enjoy a little time on your own now. Best Wishes!

  9. Dan Haasken
    December 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Congratulations Kathy!

  10. Carolyn Ligon
    December 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Kathy, my dear have a wonderful retirement, it is well deserved.

    My thanks go out to you for always being so gracious and helpful with the information when asked about what we were working on at the time here in St Clair County.

    You will be missed my dear.

  11. Ira Pyles
    December 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Kathy, I want to wish you the best in your retirement and hope you get full enjoyment of life during this well deserved time. I enjoyed working with you and serving under your leadership roles in NENA. You will be missed! Now live your life to its fullest!

    Ira Pyles

  12. December 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Kathy,

    Congratulation on the retirement. Thanks for all of the contributions you made to the 9-1-1 industry and NENA!

    Enjoy!

    Matt Serra

  13. December 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I am so happy for you Kathy. In the brief time that I have known you and served as a member of various working groups with you I am honored to have crossed paths with you. I wish you well and happiness in the next chapter of your life. Blessing and God Speed.

  14. Mandy Martin
    December 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Kathy, I am extremely excited for you on this next journey in your life. It was a joy and honor to work with you when you trained us in Midland County. Thank you for being so kind and patient.

    Enjoy your well deserved retirement. May God bless you and your beautiful family.

  15. Lisa Dodson
    December 1, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Well deserved..your influence in the industry will be feel for a long time. Congratulations and enjoy yourself!

  16. December 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    congratulations on your retirement Kathy. I am sure you have earned it. GeoComm is losing a good hand. I wish you continued success on your next adventure. and thanks for your support.

  17. Nancy Smith
    December 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Congratulations Kathy! It has been a pleasure meeting you and I wish you all the best. Good Luck!

  18. Delaine Arnold
    December 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Congratulations Kathy. Thank you for all the hours and dedication you have put into NENA work. You will be missed greatly. Enjoy your retirement. Stay in touch.

  19. Elizabeth Leatherwood
    December 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy!! It was such an honor collaborating with you on the SSAP workgroup! Thanks for all you have done to contribute to the public safety industry to help make this world a safer place. I know you will have a blast in retirement with whatever your next adventures hold! You will be missed.

  20. Lucien Jones
    December 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Kathy,
    I asked about you at APCO in Wash D C. You will certainly be remembered for your great work and the professional relationships you built in central Oklahoma. I’m not sure the industry is still producing consultants and subject matter experts like you. Happy retirement to you and yours.
    v/r
    Lucien Jones
    Communications Center Manager
    Oklahoma City Public Safety Communications Center

  21. stephen lau
    December 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Kathy,
    Congratulation on your retirement and appreciated all the contribution you have made on NG911.

  22. December 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Kathy,
    Congratulation on your retirement and thanks for all your contribution on GIS relating to the NG 911 network development

    Stephen

  23. kathrine cargo
    December 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Kathy,
    When we first met at a NENA conference long ago, I was so pleased to meet a 911 person who “got” GIS. Your amazing abilities of breaking the technology down, explaining difficult topics simply, and your incredible energy in communicating with others were and continue to be an inspiration to me. Thank you for all of your efforts on the URISA NENA Addressing Conference committee. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with you. Please enjoy your well-earned retirement and have fun using all those frequent flyer miles!

    Kathrine Cargo
    GIS/Mapping Coordinator
    Orleans Parish Communication District

  24. Vicki Miller
    December 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Congratulations on your retirement Kathy! I’ve attended many of your presentations over the years and you always were able to present the information to satisfy both the end user and the GIS professional. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
    Vicki Miller,
    Galesburg/Knox County 911

  25. December 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Wait! Does this mean you are going to play anymore???

  26. Steve Willoughby
    December 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Professor, you taught me everything I know about GIS. Enjoy retirement.

    • Jody Sayre
      December 2, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Professor Kathy 🙂

  27. Connie Hambly
    December 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations Kathy on your retirement. I always looked forward to your presentations. The enthusiasm about GIS and addressing was amazing. Thank you and best wishes to you and the next chapter in your life.

  28. December 2, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations, Kathy, and thanks for all your contributions to NENA. Enjoy your next phase in life. But I hope this doesn’t mean retirement from NENA participation. You are too valuable to the evolution of 9-1-1 !

  29. Jody Sayre
    December 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Congratulations! A big virtual hug to you. It was wonderful to work so many years with you! You will be missed.

  30. Allison Johnson
    December 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Congratulations on your retirement Kathy! Thank you for all of your contributions to GIS and the NG911 efforts. I hope that you will still be involved in some way though as your expertise and input has been extremely valuable. But do enjoy some well-deserved time off!

  31. Tom
    December 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    “Vast Geographic Information Systems knowledge”…what an understatement…Awesome instructor…congratulations!!

  32. Kathy Liljequist
    December 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I will miss all of you also!!

  33. Robin Tieman
    December 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Kathy,

    Congratulations and thank you for your hard work, dedication, and professionalism. Your smiling face will be missed! Best of luck!

    Robin Tieman

  34. December 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Congratulations! Thank you so much for all you have done for us as we migrated to NG911. Your talents will be missed and you were a big part of our success.

    I wish you the very best as you start this new chapter of your life.

  35. Brad Nesom
    December 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Kathy,
    What a pleasure were to work with. Kind, patient, and very knowledgable. The 9-1-1 community will need a basketball player to fill your shoes. I wish you the best enjoyment in retirement. Start loading up lots of pics of all your exotic locations.
    gisbradokla

  36. Cheryl Benjamin
    December 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Kathy,

    Congratulations on a well deserved retirement!! Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge with the 9-1-1 and GIS communities and helping to bridge the gap between these professions. It has been such a pleasure to work with you on various NENA activities over the past few years. I’ll miss seeing you at future events.

    All the best to you and your family that finally has you full time!!
    Cheryl

  37. Pat Wallace
    December 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Hi Kathy!

    Congrats on your retirement! You were instumental in helping us begin using mapping in our 911 center and I still remember the special training session on MapInfo that you provided our agency years ago….it was awesome!

    Best of luck to you and thank you for all your help over the years!

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