BISMARCK, N.D. – Darin Anderson, who has served more than 15 years with the North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) Department, today was appointed as the new director for the North Dakota Division of State Radio by Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota adjutant general. As State Radio director, Anderson will manage about 30 full-time employees and will direct the division’s daily operations. He begins his new assignment on Feb. 9, 2023.
While Anderson has worked at NDIT for 15 years, he has been with the State of North Dakota for 17 years. He most recently served as NDIT’s program safety manager and statewide interoperability coordinator. In those roles, Anderson was responsible for managing and coordinating the new statewide public safety radio system, known as the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network, or SIRN.
“Darin brings a wealth of technical expertise to his new role at State Radio,” Dohrmann said. “His work with the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network required him to work closely with all customers and stakeholders in emergency communications. This makes him an ideal fit for leading State Radio into the future, as it prepares to migrate onto this network in 2025.”
Anderson, a graduate of South Dakota State University, additionally has served with the South Dakota National Guard.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the emergency responders and citizens of North Dakota,” Anderson said. “I will also continue to promote the important work of our 9-1-1 dispatchers, as they are the lifeline between individuals calling 9-1-1 and emergency responders and are there to answer at any time.”
Anderson succeeds Dan Donlin, who had served as the director for State Radio since June 2019. In December, he took a new position at the N.D. Department of Transportation. Darin Hanson, Homeland Security director, has served as interim State Radio director since then.
The Division of State Radio coordinates 9-1-1 services, as well as emergency medical, fire and law enforcement response. Twenty-five counties rely on those services for public safety communications. State Radio also provides back-up for local and regional public safety answering points located throughout the state and is the primary dispatch center for the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
For more information about State Radio, visit www.nd.gov/des/state-radio/.