SEARCH Welcomes New Massachusetts Member

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Curtis M. Wood
SEARCH is pleased to announce that Mr. Curtis M. Wood, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB), Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, is Massachusetts' new representative on the SEARCH Membership Group. He was appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick on July 22, 2008.

"We're pleased to welcome Mr. Wood to the SEARCH Membership, and look forward to his valuable expertise and participation," said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH Executive Director.

In his role as Executive Director of the Massachusetts CHSB, Mr. Wood leads the agency that manages the state's public safety information network and data center. He also directs the Commonwealth's information sharing programs including the Statewide Information Sharing System (SWISS) and Mass Gangs-the Commonwealth's gang intelligence and tracking system.

Mr. Wood began his career in 1975 as a line correction officer with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC), retiring in 1997 as the Deputy Chief of Investigations. During his career with the DOC, he commanded the agency's Fugitive Apprehension Unit and served as the Director of Information Resources, overseeing the technology services and research and planning divisions.

Upon retirement, he served as the director of a public safety consulting practice, specializing in public safety and criminal justice information services. In 2002, Mr. Wood returned to state service in the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts CHSB before accepting the Director's position in April 2008.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH's Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice information, particularly criminal history information. The Membership Group fosters cooperation and communication among justice system professionals in identifying and implementing solutions to common problems.