SEARCH Welcomes New Staff

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SEARCH has recently hired four new employees in an effort to meet the expanding needs of the justice and public safety community we serve.

Mark D. Perbix
Mark D. Perbix is a Justice Information Systems Specialist. He works on the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) project, which focuses on the development of integrated justice information systems planning and implementation. Mr. Perbix provides training, technical assistance, and research on automated systems development, automation planning, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions nationwide.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Perbix worked for the Colorado Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Justice, where he was the lead grant manager for federally funded information technology (IT) projects. He had also worked with the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) program to develop a Web portal to their integrated information system. Mr. Perbix served as Chief Information Officer for CICJIS and was responsible for managing ongoing operations and achieving program goals; the most notable of these was the implementation of a statewide automated warrants process that provided real-time electronic exchange and management of all warrants issued by the state courts to local law enforcement.

Mr. Perbix also served as IT Director for the District Attorney's Office of Jefferson County, Colorado, and led the development of an integrated prosecution case management system that included document production, subpoena tracking, document imaging, and discovery management. He began his career in court administration, holding positions as a planner, clerk's office supervisor, and management analyst in Tennessee and Colorado.

Benjamin R. Krauss
Benjamin R. Krauss is a Public Safety Technology Specialist. He provides technical assistance to public safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development, planning and integration of communications and information technology, and communications interoperability and wireless issues.

Before joining SEARCH, Mr. Krauss had over 12 years experience in law enforcement, most recently with the Kent (Washington) Police Department, where he served 6 years as a Police Officer and Project Analyst. He also served as a Police Officer for 3 years each in the Tukwila (Washington) and Honolulu (Hawaii) Police Departments, and prior to that worked as a communications consultant.

While working for the Kent Police Department, Mr. Krauss fulfilled concurrent assignments as a patrol officer, firearms staff member, and defensive tactics instructor. He also served in a 5-year special assignment as a Project Analyst for a new integrated records, corrections, and mobile data system being implemented by the department. In this role, he served on a team that was responsible for the entire lifecycle implementation of the new public safety software system. His responsibilities included technical analysis, stakeholder management and communication, systems analysis and process flow design, and strategic planning. He was also responsible for training sworn personnel and support services staff in the use of the new system.

Nina Byrom
Nina Byrom is an Administrative Assistant with the Law and Policy Program at SEARCH. She provides administrative and program support, including preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials and applications to relevant agencies, organizations and individuals, and assisting with conference and symposia preparation.

Before joining SEARCH, Ms. Byrom was a Sales Administrator, Sales Secretary and Sales Coordinator for a California-based agricultural and construction equipment firm. In these positions, she developed strong organizational and office support and administration skills, including developing and implementing standardized internal procedures, planning events, creating electronic forms and presentation templates, and maintaining sales-related statistics.

Kevin Romero
Kevin Romero is a Research Analyst for the SEARCH Law and Policy Program. In this position, Mr. Romero conducts research on issues that impact criminal justice information management and policy, and provides support with conference and workshop organization, task force meetings, surveys, and SEARCH Web site content.

Before joining SEARCH, Mr. Romero was a Program Administrator for the California Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, where he developed community-government networks and organized workshops and conferences and developed program Websites and Web-based advocacy tools. He also was an Office Manager at the California First Amendment Coalition, where he helped coordinate annual conferences, board meetings, and special events for a statewide membership, produced marketing materials, and maintained Web content. In positions with other California-based nonprofit organizations, he performed legislative bill tracking, event coordination, and Web content development, among other duties.