The IJIS Institute established Emeritus Membership as a way to recognize and engage individuals who have made significant contributions in support of the IJIS Institute mission and have retired following an extensive career in the justice and public safety community.
The Board of Directors awards this status to individuals in recognition of their career contributions to the field and to the work of the IJIS Institute. Our current Members Emeritus are:
Bruce Kelling, managing principal of Athena Advanced Networks, Inc. and founder/former CEO of Tiburon, Inc. was awarded Member Emeritus status in January 2016.
During his tenure as CEO of Tiburon, Inc., he was the single-most responsible person in industry for creating the popular acceptance of the term “RMS” or records management system to describe police system automation. He was engaged in the design and administration of the implementation of hundreds of public safety systems, including serving as the original project manager for the implementation of the International Justice and Public Safety Network, now known as Nlets. Bruce Kelling was recognized for his longstanding membership in the IJIS Institute and his many significant contributions to the successes of the IJIS Institute.
Mr. Kelling has been active in a variety of capacities including his initial involvement as a founding member of the IJIS Institute’s predecessor organization, the Industry Working Group. He has served as president of the Board of Directors of the IJIS Institute and he served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors. He currently chairs the IJIS Institute’s Criminal Justice Information Services Program Advisory Committee (CPAC). As chair of CPAC, he was a major contributor to the acceptance of the use of a single national Information Exchange Packet Documentation (IEPD) by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board. He is also the IJIS Institute’s representative to the Law Enforcement IT Standards Council.
Robert P. Shumate
Robert P. Shumate has more than 40 years of experience in the field of computer-related business activities. He has been an entrepreneur throughout his career and was a pioneer in the development of public safety information systems, having developed and installed one of the first such systems in St Louis, Missouri, in 1964, and having founded and led Systems Science Corporation. Over the years, among other things, he has served as vice president of PRC International, director of research and development for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and was a faculty member at both the Indiana University (IU) Department of Police Administration and the IU Computer Center.
Shumate was one of the original incorporators of the IJIS Institute and served as its first president and as a member of the Institute's Board of Directors. After completing two terms as president of the Institute, he served as chairperson of the Department of Justice-initiated Industry Working Group and presided over its integration into the IJIS Institute. Mr. Shumate is currently a director and chief financial officer of URL Integration Inc. Shumate received the Member Emeritus designation in 2006.
Lee Ruck has been intimately involved in the legal aspects of local government and intergovernmental relations for most of his 40-year career. At various times he has been an elected or appointed official at town, city, county, state, and federal levels of government. He has served as assistant corporation counsel for the District of Columbia, county attorney for Fairfax County and general counsel for the National Association of Counties (NACO). More recently he was selected as general counsel of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), where, with assistance from attorneys from all the COG jurisdictions and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he developed and brokered a federal mutual aid authorization statute for the National Capitol Region, which effectively encourages and permits first responder aid across state boundaries.
In 2000, Ruck worked with the leadership of the DOJ-initiated Industry Working Group (IWG) to design, create, and develop a nonprofit entity to assist in addressing the problems of vertical and horizontal sharing of information between and among the myriad of state and local justice agencies—law enforcement, courts, and related efforts. Ruck incorporated their ideas into an industry-supported foundation which could accept federal grants and furnish state-of-the-art analysis to justice agencies around the country. This effort—now the IJIS Institute—is a model for government and industry working collaboratively to serve the public. Lee Rusk received the Member Emeritus designation in 2008.