Welcome New Board Members
We would like to welcome Jim Morris, Vice President, and Justin Koval, Director-at-Large, to the Harris Users Board!
Originally from South Louisiana, Jim worked in the Baton Rouge area at an authorized GE Radio Service Center 18 years before he moved in 1996 to California to work for Ericsson PRS. When Ericsson downsized its presence in California, Jim ended up working for Riverside County as a technician.
Shortly after he started there he received an offer to move to Montgomery County, TX and manage the EDACS system there. In 2003, Jim received another opportunity and moved to Kansas to work for Tyco- M/A-Com as the lead technician building the Oklahoma City EDACS System. Once that system was complete, the economy and several other factors forced Tyco to make a business decision to shut down the Kansas City Service Center. Coincidentally, at the same time, the position of System Admin for the new OKC system opened to the public. Jim applied for and was offered that posting.
Since then, Jim has promoted to be the manager of the system and of the OKC Radio shop which 19 technical personnel and indirectly employs two Harris contract personnel. The radio shop is responsible for all public safety equipment installation and maintenance in PD units and Fire Apparatus, as well as all other radio installation in city vehicles and heavy equipment. The shop is also responsible for the administration and operation of the existing 12 Site EDACS system as well as overseeing the ongoing transition to P25 Phase II.
Jim has the additional duty of working as the City’s project manager for its ongoing P25 migration.
Over the years, in additional to his technical background in Public Safety LMR. Jim has attained a Bachelor Degree in Business Management (BSB/M), a Master Degree in Business and Public Administration (MBA/PA), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Safety with a specialization in Emergency Management. Jim’s doctoral dissertation dealt with the challenges in training users to use interoperability equipment.
Jim currently lives in Yukon, OK and works for the City of Oklahoma City. Jim is a State qualified COM-T and one of three State Qualified COM-T trainers for the State of Oklahoma. Jim is a member of the Oklahoma Chapter of APCO and Oklahoma Emergency Management Association. In 2016 and 2017, Jim participated as part of the exercise staff for the DHS sponsored Jamming Exercises held at White Sands Missile Test Ground and Idaho National Laboratory.
Director at Large
Justin Koval started his career in Public Safety Communications in 2001 with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Public Safety Telecommunicator. Justin was promoted to Communications Supervisor in 2007, and his current position is Technical Supervisor in the Communications Technical Bureau. Justin is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the 9-1-1 system and all related systems/networks serving both PSAPs in Collier County, Agency Wide Landline Telephones, Fire/EMS Station Alerting, and the Sheriff’s Office Radio Shop.