Interview Grid

With lives on the line, the information edge saves precious seconds. Thus, law enforcement and public safety agencies were among the first to embrace wireless communications and other specialized information technologies. For an update, we queried our panel of experts.

by , / July 31, 1998
Bob Badavas

Bob Badavas is president and CEO of Cerulean Technology, the leading provider of public safety wireless mobile information solutions. Previously, he was the senior vice president and CFO at Chipcom Corp., and helped that company's annual sales grow from $2 million to $300 million. His responsibilities included the general management of Chipcom's two business units, customer operations, all mergers and acquisitions activity, and major strategic relationships. Prior to Chipcom, Badavas was vice president of finance and treasurer at Lexidata Corp., and director of finance and treasurer at Litton Datamedix. He has lectured at universities and before senior executives on the "going public process" and "business process reengineering in rapidly growing high-tech companies."

Jack Keating

Jack Keating has served in telecommunication management positions for 34 years. Since 1977, he has been communications director in West Covina, Calif., where his responsibilities include management of the city's 911 Consolidated Police/Fire/EMS Communications Center and maintenance of all city-owned
communications electronic equipment and telephone systems. Keating previously served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and the last 13 years in various telecommunication positions as a commissioned officer. He is president-elect of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials -- International (APCO), active in national issues surrounding public safety communications and 911, and a member of the Radio Club of America and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

Bill Munn

Bill Munn has been executive director of the Tarrant County, Texas, 911 District since 1985. He is currently president of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), has been a member of the NENA Board of Management since 1992, and has headed up the effort to establish a certification process for professional managers of 911 service. Munn serves as a member of the Texas Advisory Commission on State Emergency Communications, having been appointed by the governor in 1987 and re-appointed in 1993. He was a member of the budgeting and financial management delegation to visit the Peoples' Republic of China in 1995. He is also an adjunct assistant professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Tom Tolman

Tom Tolman is manager of communications technology with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, Rocky Mountain Region, providing information while assisting and advising state and local law enforcement agencies on new technologies. He previously worked in radio and television broadcasting in Colorado and Wyoming as studio control and production engineer. Tolman is secretary to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), a federation of associations representing public safety telecommunications. He is a 16-year member and past president of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO). He is a member of the Colorado APCO Frequency Coordination Board and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
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