Patrick J. Wheltle, CSP has been a member of ASSP since 2005. He has served in multiple elected and appointed roles with ASSP over the years. Patrick is involved with the Chesapeake Chapter, serving as the Chapter President from 2013 to 2015. He also served as a member of the ASSP Innovation Award Judging Panel in 2015 and 2016. Currently, he is active on the Public Sector Practice Specialty (PSPS) advisory committee as a Content Coordinator.
Patrick has worked in the occupational safety and health field since 2003. He currently is the Safety Officer for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City in Maryland. Previously, he was the Safety and Environmental Director for the Maryland Jockey Club. Prior to transitioning to occupational safety and health, Patrick held various positions in emergency medical services, including having been a paramedic for 25 years, which spiked his interest in the occupational safety and health field.
Patrick is a Certified Safety Professional. He has a Master’s Degree is Safety Management from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Health Services from UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County).
Patrick has also held leadership positions with other volunteer organizations, such as President of a Condominium Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of a volunteer fire department.
As the Assistant Administrator of the Public Sector Practice Specialty (PSPS), I will work with the Administrator to improve the member experience. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have all learned to incorporate virtual experiences in our daily lives. Regardless of what the future holds, we need to do more to engage our members virtually. I will work to expand the use of the ASSP Online Community as an avenue for PSPS members to exchange ideas and otherwise interact with each other. The more we can get PSPS members to participate in the Online Community, the better the experience will be for all PSPS members. Members can also benefit from attending quality PSPS sponsored events. We need to make sure the members know what the PSPS has to offer. We can’t expect members to get involved if they aren’t aware of what is being offered. I will work to support PSPS members as they get involve in other aspects of ASSP, including speaking at ASSP PDCs and submitting articles for publication in ASSP periodicals. Sometimes all it takes is friendly invitation to get others involved in ASSP activities including the PSPS. Success will be determined not just by the quality of what we provide to members, but also by the number of members we reach.