SEARCH Welcomes New Staff

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

Joseph M. Norwick
Mr. Joseph M. Norwick is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, providing 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.

Mr. Norwick joined SEARCH November 7, following a nearly 30-year career in law enforcement, most of which was with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Norwick was Chief Deputy, the highest-ranking civil service law enforcement position in the county. As Administrative Director, he was responsible for the management of agencywide operations of the Sheriff’s Office, with more than 500 employees. Past duties include Jail Administrator, Captain of Support Services, Shift Commander for all Sheriff’s Office operations, Director of Circuit Court Operations, and Precinct Station Supervisor.

During his career, Mr. Norwick has implemented policy decisions and operational budgets. He has extensive experience in administering and managing large-scale operations; coordinating managerial change associated with major facility development, construction and policy implementation; and coordinating, developing and implementing strategic plans involving Global Justice XML (GJXML), radio interoperability, computer aided dispatch (CAD) and automatic vehicle location (AVL).

He was also Chair of Dane County’s 9-1-1 Center Board, which has oversight of the county’s combined Public Safety Communications System. He has been Vice-President and President of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association, and was a member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Association, American Jail Association (AJA), National “W” Club, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has written articles for American Jails and has been a presenter and guest lecturer at AJA conferences, the National Institute of Corrections’ Large Jail Network, and at the Milwaukee and Madison campuses of the University of Wisconsin. He was also a Trainer in Police Science at the Madison Area Technical College.

Mr. Norwick has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology-Correctional Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University, Illinois; and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

“Joe Norwick comes to SEARCH with a world of experience. His career has taken him through many different field and management assignments, including technology and construction projects. He’s an accomplished writer and presenter and has had a number of articles published on correctional topics over the years. He served as a lecturer and trainer on police science and criminal justice topics, as well as correctional matters. We’re fortunate to have someone with Mr. Norwick’s many accomplishments join the SEARCH team,” said Mr. Dan Hawkins, SEARCH Director of Public Safety Programs.

Veronica Conanan
Ms. Veronica Conanan joined SEARCH September 1 as a Senior Accounting Clerk, where she is responsible for processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She is responsible for purchasing and maintaining office supplies, subscription and membership records, and reconciling vendor statements, among other duties and special projects.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Conanan was an Accounting Technician for Premier Access Dental Insurance for 5 years, where she processed invoices and maintained vendor and brokers’ files, audited bank deposits, processed expense reports, and reconciled bank statements. She was also an Accounting Clerk with Dynavision, Inc., for 3 years, and with Advanced Micro Devices for over 7 years.

“Ms. Conanan joined us SEARCH earlier this year as a temporary employee and we’re very pleased to have her with us now as a full-time employee. She’s definitely an asset to our organization,” said Ms. Rose Marie Florita, SEARCH Director of Finance.