The sponsor is the ‘owner’ of the project
from conception to implementation, with
ultimate authority for its success or failure.
Sponsors must be identified by name to ensure
continuity, and must be in an executive-level
position, empowered to make decisions and
set budgets. The sponsor further develops the
proposal into a charter.
Sponsors must know their way around the
organization and be respected by their peers.
Public Safety radio project sponsors are
usually the Chief of Fire or Police, or Chief
Your project initiator is the person who identifies
the need for the project, and brings it to the
attention of your decision makers. Often the
same person as the project sponsor, the initiator
sees the need for the project, promotes it, and
engages an appropriate sponsor.
The initiator and/or sponsor develop the project
Organizational structure for your LMR project
proposal. They will be familiar enough with the
project to include:
• a clear, concise project statement,
• well-defined project organization and
• estimated project costs.
Even before your new radio system project is approved, there are some key project
positions you need to define, for your project. Susan Ronning, Tait Senior Systems
Engineer based in Washington State, advocates establishing clear and consistent
project responsibilities, right from the outset.
Project organization consists of a project initiator, project sponsor (who may be the
same person), stakeholders, and a project manager.