SEARCH Welcomes New Staff

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

Shawna D. Warneke
Ms. Shawna Warneke is an Administrative Assistant for SEARCH, where she provides administrative and program support to the Public Safety Programs unit, including preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials and applications to relevant agencies, organizations and individuals, and assisting with conference, symposia and workshop preparation.

Before joining SEARCH, Ms. Warneke was a Training and Logistics Coordinator for Hewlett-Packard for six years, where she helped organize and manage large, high-volume training events, and supported the needs of vendors, students and team members worldwide. Among her duties were meeting scheduling, logistic communications, site coordination, and training activity reporting. She also created written collateral, maintained attendance statistics and expense tracking, and managed the shipment of training materials and equipment to international locations. Prior to working at HP, she was as an Office Assistant at a packaging plant in California, where she recorded orders and accounting data, and coordinated marketing projects.

Sam Chiecchi
Ms. Chiecchi (pronounced key yek ee) is an Administrative Assistant. She works on special projects, including national surveys, congressional liaison activities and gubernatorial appointments to the Membership Group. She also assists in formulating, preparing and submitting grant applications, publications and conference proceedings; providing staff support at national conferences and symposia; and developing and preparing meeting agendas and background materials.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Chiecchi was a Commercial Real Estate Project and Property Manager where she created marketing materials for various real estate projects, conducted research on large properties and projects, and prepared market analysis and investment portfolios. She has also been Project Lead/Supervisor for Contracts and Billing Systems Development Finance Operations for Sprint Telecommunications where she managed Strategic Customer Contract Implementation. She planned, organized and directed all activities related to Billing Setup, Feasibility and Contract Support and other duties.

Ms. Chiecchi worked for Sun Microsystems, Inc., for eight years, earning several significant promotions. As Sr. Project/Programs Manager Software, Sales Operations, she managed the Software Readiness Team for the Americas, Asia and Europe. She developed a cross-functional process for product launches worldwide and created press releases, web casts, brochures and web site updates. As Sr. Programs/Project Manager, Quality and Finance, she established and managed Quality Customer Satisfaction Programs. As Project Manager, Business Development and Marketing she prepared competitive and acquisition information, planned and executed logistics for major tradeshows and events and created budgets, goals, and business reviews for the Board of Directors.

Ms. Chiecchi is a volunteer with the Sacramento Juvenile Court System, the Department of Fish and Game OSPRI Division, and Dog and Cat Foster/Rescue.

John Mattley
Mr. John Mattley is a Justice Information Systems Specialist for SEARCH, where he provides training, technical assistance, and research on automated systems development, automation planning, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions nationwide. Mr. Mattley also works on the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) project, which focuses on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation.

Mr. Mattley has extensive experience in the private sector and government. His work in the private sector focused on software solution development, installation, implementation, and integration for justice agency clients throughout the United States, including trial courts, probation departments, jails, and prosecutor offices. This work included providing expertise in identifying system integration requirements, the assessment of business processes and system designs, and in conducting gap analyses.

Mr. Mattley also developed a strong background in the public sector, having worked for Shasta County, California, for over 15 years, in such positions as Director of the Department of Information Systems, Administrator of the Municipal Court, and Administrator of the Family Support Division in the District Attorney's Office. He served for five years as Project Manager of the County's Integrated Justice System, which involved coordinating and overseeing implementation plans for integrating the automated systems of the Superior Court, Municipal Court, District Attorney, Marshal's Office, and Probation Department.

Lauren Wagner
Ms. Lauren Wagner is a Research Analyst for SEARCH, where she works on research and development projects focused on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation using the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) tool. She also works on managing the online state and local integration profiles as part of SEARCH's justice and public safety Information Sharing Initiatives program. The JIEM® project was developed to identify criminal justice information exchange points that are common from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A primary component of the project is a Web-based modeling tool that facilitates county, regional and statewide efforts to document criminal justice process flow.

Ms. Wagner joined SEARCH in 2005 as a student intern prior to assuming her current position in 2006. She holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Allegheny College, a master's degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (UNH), and a master's certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation from UNH.

Jim Reutlinger
Mr. Jim Reutlinger is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, where 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.

Mr. Reutlinger joined SEARCH following a 30-year career in law enforcement, 26 years of which were served in management positions. He retired from the Santa Rosa (California) Police Department in 2003 at the rank of Commander.

He managed the Patrol Division, helped institute community policing in the department, managed various tactical units, and served as the department's technology coordinator, managing all of the research and procurement for major equipment and system purchases. This included managing a large, multi-agency computer aided dispatch/records management system/mobile data computing (CAD/RMS/MDC) project for the department and region. This project enabled 10 law enforcement agencies to share a common communications platform. Along with chairing the project management team, he also worked to obtain and manage a multimillion-dollar grant that helped fund the effort. His other positions within the department were as Police Lieutenant, Police Sergeant and Patrol Officer. He began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a Deputy Sheriff in the Butte County (California) Sheriff's Department.

Following his retirement, Mr. Reutlinger worked for two years with a private-sector CAD/RMS vendor as a Systems Analyst/Industry Specialist. In this position, he focused on helping clients implement multi-agency data solutions and providing advice on managing change and projects. He also authored several white papers on best practices relating to multi-agency interoperability issues.