NERAC Council

The NERAC Council is a 20 member body with representatives from 12 different disciplines (listed below). Members are appointed to the Council by EOPSS (with assistance and recommendations from the professional discipline associations) to oversee the expenditure of Homeland Security Grant funds for the 85 municipalities that make up the Northeast Homeland Security Planning Region. Members volunteer their time and expertise to guide the efforts of the Council and ensure effective utilization of the grant funds.

The Council meets at 1:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month at the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Academy in Lynnfield (425 Walnut St, Lynnfield, MA 01940). All Open Meeting Notices and agendas will be posted on the calendar page of this website for interested observers. All meetings are open to the public.

NERAC Council Disciplines and Members

Sheriff Kevin Coppinger – Essex County Sheriff’s Department

Dave Spinosa (Proxy) – Essex County Sheriff’s Department

Colby Cousens – Town of Danvers/North Shore IT Collaborative

Dorinda Goodman – Town of Lexington

Ryan Knowles – City of Gloucester

Allan Alpert – Melrose Emergency Management


Eric Christensen – Northeast EMS, Inc.

Chief Jason Gilliland – Marblehead Fire Department
(NERAC Council Chair)

Chief Thomas Judge – Concord Fire Department

Chief Brian Moriarty – Lawrence Fire Department

Bill Klag – Salem Hospital

Chief John Fisher – Bedford Police Department
(NERAC Council Vice Chair)

Chief Neal Hovey – Topsfield Police Department

Chief John LeLacheur – Beverly Police Department

Paul Cohen – Town of Chelmsford

Dave Ouellette – Dracut Public Health Department

Chris Ryan – North Shore Regional 911 Center

Dr. Scott Morrison – Tri-Town School Union

Mike Collins – Beverly Department of Public Services