Jeff Clawson Leadership Award

The Jeff Clawson Leadership Award is named for Jeff Clawson, M.D., inventor of the Priority Dispatch System and co-founder of the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. Known to many as "the father of modern emergency dispatch," Dr. Clawson has worked tirelessly to promote high standards in training, education and a universal emergency dispatch protocol, making a difference to countless citizens and emergency responders alike.

The Award is given by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the emergency dispatch profession; someone who exhibits courage and determination in the face of adversity; someone who represents the highest standards and pursuit of excellence in research, education, management or operations; someone who by example has inspired others to become the best that they can be.

The Award is presented each year at the NAED's Navigator Conference. A nominating committee, representing members of the NAED staff and College of Fellows, presents candidates to the NAED Board of Trustees, which makes the final selection. The Award recipient receives complimentary conference registration, airfare and hotel accommodations at Navigator, along with a $500 contribution from the NAED to a charity of the recipient's choice.