Why I Asked Steve to Join the Team

This was a very easy decision for me.  Steve has an intimate understanding and appreciation for IT and its application to law enforcement, public safety and homeland security agencies and their mission.  This is an uncommon and hard-to-find skill set.  Additionally, Steve has real-world experience in managing one of the largest and most complex statewide law enforcement IT infrastructures in the country.  He led and participated is setting national standards, and served as a subject-matter expert assisting police agencies across the country set up effective and robust intelligence systems.  If you work with us, then you know how quickly he has become an invaluable member of our team.

What Steve Does at Hillard Heintze

As Senior Director, Information Technology, Steve provides our clients with industry best practices regarding information security and information technology – protecting the information that matters to them.  He is an expert in enterprise architecture, portfolio management, cyber security, virtual CIO services, IT leadership, law enforcement IT assessments, computer forensic coordination, and IT assessments, planning and execution for enterprises and high net worth families.

Highlights of Steve’s Work before Hillard Heintze

Before joining Hillard Heintze, Steve served on the senior leadership team at Analysts International as Director of the Public Safety / Homeland Security Sector and as a senior subject-matter expert.  In this capacity, he oversaw the establishment of information technology protocols and standards for state and local Fusion Centers – the critical intelligence-sharing hubs of the justice system.  He ensured that the IT protocols complied with specific agency and national standards, including 28 CFR Part 23, the FBI CJIS Policy pertaining to implementation of Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies; the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM); Justice Reference Architecture (JRA); and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to achieve interoperability among participating agencies.  Earlier in his career, Steve served as Bureau Chief within the Information and Technology Command of the Illinois State Police as well as the state’s Chief Technical Analyst in the Illinois Technology Office.

Education and Degrees

Steve is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Business Administration – and is currently earning a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute.  He also holds a post-graduate Certificate from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, Staff Police and Command School (SPSC #219) where he was honored with the Franklin M. Kremil Leadership Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Leadership.

Where Steve Spends His Time When He Is Not Working

With six kids involved in collegiate (Notre Dame track), high school (volleyball, soccer, track and field) and youth athletics (baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, football and volleyball) most of his time is spent at sporting events, practices, camps, specialized coaching and other sports-related activities.  When time allows, Steve and his wife love to travel with their family, providing their children the opportunity to see what the world has to offer.


Our “Get to Know” campaign is a regular feature on the Front Line Blog – my short introduction to key members of our team here at Hillard Heintze. Each expert is here because she or he has demonstrated sustained levels of excellence in one or many aspects of security risk management and investigations. They’re here because they bring a rich diversity of backgrounds, talents and interests in our clients needs in investigations, security risk management and law enforcement advisory services.