Jim has over 30 years’ experience in Public Safety and Emergency Management, including an appointed position by the Mayor of Chicago as Acting Executive Director for the nation’s second largest 9-1-1 and Homeland Security Center.
During his twenty-year tenure at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), he was in charge of managing personnel, technology and operations. Jim also directed and executed the daily technical operations including deployment and maintenance of millions of dollars in technology. He was responsible for building and launching satellite equipped command vehicles in addition to implementing police and fire technologies and designing two multi-million Command/Fusion Centers.
Jim’s dedication, determination and drive ensured Chicago’s placement as the most technically advanced 9-1-1 and Homeland Security Center in the nation. Additionally, he re-engineered the City’s Emergency Operations Center and designed, executed and managed a multi-million city-wide video surveillance system. Jim has also been called upon to develop and put into operation various types of technologies to assist the United State Secret Service with Presidential protection.
Jim’s expertise in the field of technology has earned him several prestigious awards including the 2009 United States Secret Service Security Award and 2009 City Services Award for use of innovative technology, development of a portable forward command post including satellite and video surveillance which was used to protect President- Elect Obama during his acceptance speech in Grant Park. Jim also received the 2010 Computer World Honors Program Public Sector Innovation Excellence Leadership Award honoring those who use information technology to benefit society. He was the recipient of Government Technology’s 25 Doer’s, Dreamer’s and Drivers Award and received recognition from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Pentagon and NORAD as well as many other acknowledgements, citations and awards.
Jim is an active member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), National Emergency Number Association (NENA), as well as being a former co-chair of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and former Chairman of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety Consortium.