From the desk of the Director

Please join us in recognizing the new Director of Communications
A highly decorated officer, paramedic and veteran has taken the helm of Cherokee E 9-1-1.
Shane Bonebrake, who recently retired from the Woodstock Police Department, was named the new E 9-1-1 director. His first day on the job was Monday, Oct. 4.
“I chose Shane Bonebrake for this position because he is a leader who leads by example,” said Public Services Agency Director Dana Martin. “He has earned an impressive reputation working in various public safety roles in this community consistently demonstrating high standards of integrity, professionalism, and dedication to service.”
Bonebrake’s extensive background spans more than three decades in public service – he has served as the director of EMS Services for Six Flags White Water, narcotics and vice officer for the New Orleans Police Department, chief international flight medic for Worldwide Transport Services, a firefighter/paramedic for Rockdale County, a Rockdale County 911 dispatcher, Cherokee County firefighter/paramedic, a soldier in the U.S. Army (field, flight and ER medic) and several roles with the Woodstock Police Department.
“He is committed to providing the highest level of public safety service to the citizens of this county,” Martin said. “His experience has given him the understanding and appreciation for the important work our E-911 communication officers do every day. I believe he will use this knowledge and experience to enhance the overall effectiveness and continued success of this department.”
Bonebrake saw the E 9-1-1 director opportunity as a way to expand his service to Cherokee County. He has a heart for public service, and his professional background exemplifies that.
“I’ve spent my entire adult life in the streets and wanted more,” Bonebrake said. “I want to be part of a team that helps all aspects of public safety and 911 is the heart beat of the public safety system.”
Bonebrake’s goals of maintaining national accreditation and fully staffing the Center at all times align with the agency and county leadership’s goals.
With so much of his life dedicated to serving the communities he’s lived in, Bonebrake’s hobbies align with his employment – “My hobbies have been fire trucks, ambulances, helicopters, Med-Evac airplanes and police cars my entire adult life.” He looks forward to finding new hobbies as his work week changes in addition to serving the community through civic organizations. He plans to continue his work with the Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network, as well.
Cherokee County E 9-1-1 is one of only 12 nationally accredited 911 centers in the state of Georgia. It is the call center hub that dispatches all emergency calls for the Cherokee Marshal's Office, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Fire & Emergency Services, Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire & Rescue, Canton Police, Ball Ground Police and Holly Springs Police.