PSERN Bulletin | December 2018


Thank You, Marlin

PSERN has reached another milestone with the announcement that Marlin Blizinsky will be retiring effective December 31, 2018. Marlin has faithfully and successfully served King County in multiple capacities over the past 25 years. His initial work for the county was to negotiate franchise agreements working with cable TV operators allowing them to utilize the County’s right of ways (think roads and highways). As a result, not only did Marlin focus on reaching a fair deal, but in the process he created a new service called the King County Institutional Network (“I-Net”). The I-Net is a fiber optic network with thousands of miles of fiber the County uses. Today, this fiber is part of the backbone of the King County Wide Area Network and provides internet and networking service to organizations throughout the county.

After a short stint with Microsoft, Marlin was hired in 2008 to be the first full time employee of PSERN. His initial assignment had him reaching out to staff and elected officials not only in King County but in three surrounding counties on regional objectives for the emergency radio communications system. From there, Marlin began drafting the foundational documents that created the PSERN Project. Through a handful of ordinances and several Interlocal Cooperation Agreements, the PSERN Project was conceived. Once the project was formed and funded, Marlin’s role changed to focus on gaining legal access to the land that the project needed for radio sites. His work on leases was pivotal in allowing construction and implementation activities to begin.

Through these achievements Marlin will forever have a significant legacy in King County. On a daily basis, Marlin has brought a quirky sense of humor, easy going demeanor, depth of legal knowledge, vision, and devotion to work. We are sad to see Marlin depart, but are simultaneously excited to know he is transitioning to a new phase in his life.

We sincerely thank Marlin for his contributions and service to the people of King County and wish him well in his next phase of life.

We Need Your Radio Inventory

In the first week of January 2019, the PSERN outreach staff will be contacting your agency by email requesting that you provide an inventory of your existing radio equipment (i.e. portables, mobiles, base stations, and PSAP recorder radios). PSERN will provide detailed inventory instructions and other materials including sample inventory forms to help you. PSERN is hoping to have the radio inventory counts completed by the end of March. If you have questions, please contact PSERN Project staff by calling (206) 477 - PSERN (7736) or emailing

Project Schedule

  • Countywide radio inventory to be completed by March 29, 2019.
  • End-User Radio Training-- more information to come in the spring of 2019.
  • Dispatch Console Training from April 2019 -- July 2019.
  • Installation and testing of Radio Systems to be completed in August 2020. 
  • Deployment of radios to users from December 2020 -- September 2021.

Contact Us

If you would like to request more information about this project, or would like an in-person presentation for your organization, please contact the PSERN team via the information below. Please include your name, title, organization, and the best way to contact you. Someone will return your inquiry within one business day.

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For any questions about the project or its staff:

Call: (206) 477- PSERN (7736)



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