Jerry Overton serves as the Chair of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond, Virginia, for 18 years and had overall responsibility for the EMS system. Overton also served as the Chief Executive of the Kansas City, Missouri, EMS system. In addition, he provides technical assistance throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including the design of an implementation plan for an Emergency Medical Transport program in Central Bosnia – Hercegovina during the war.
Most recently, he conducted an EMS assessment for the country of Lebanon. Overton is the past President of the American Ambulance Association, was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U. S. Health System, and is the Treasurer for the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He serves on the editorial boards of two leading prehospital care journals and has received numerous recognitions. As an expert in EMS system design and deployment strategies, he was named one of the 20 most influential leaders in EMS by JEMS magazine.