Former SEARCH Member and Current Kentucky Lawmaker Joins SEARCH Staff

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Alecia Webb-Edgington
SEARCH is pleased to announce that Ms. Alecia Webb-Edgington has been hired as a Public Safety Technology Specialist, effective November 3, 2008.

Ms. Webb-Edgington joins SEARCH after a lengthy and successful career of state-level leadership in the public safety realm, most recently as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (OHS), a position she held from November 2005-December 2007. Prior to that, she served in the Kentucky State Police (KSP) for 15 years, rising in the ranks from Trooper to such positions as Commander of the Criminal Identification and Records Branch, Major of the Technical Services Division, Chief Information Officer, and Deputy Director, Operations and Prevention, Kentucky OHS. She retired from the KSP as a Major in October 2005. She began her career as a Deputy Sheriff in Edmonson County, Kentucky, in 1985.

Ms. Webb-Edgington is currently an elected member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 63rd District. She will continue to serve in the House during her employment with SEARCH.

As a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, she will be responsible for providing technical assistance to local, county and state agencies throughout the United States in the development, improvement, acquisition, integration and interoperability of information technology, including radio communications, computer-aided dispatch (CAD), records management (RMS) and mobile data systems.

"Alecia's breadth and depth of experience, her leadership roles and her knowledge of public safety and homeland security will be unparalleled assets to SEARCH, the clients it serves at the state, local and federal levels, and the Membership Group," said SEARCH Deputy Executive Director Kelly J. Harris. "We are truly excited about the groundbreaking work the public safety team is involved in, and Alecia's skills and expertise will be invaluable to their efforts."

During Ms. Webb-Edgington's public safety career, she led various project implementations for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including a statewide CAD, interoperable communications solutions, mobile data network and design and development of an RMS for law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. She has managed the full life cycles of these projects, and therefore has a deep understanding of how to utilize technology in order to deliver enhanced services for first responders.

Ms. Webb-Edgington has a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminology from Western Kentucky University and a master's degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Her post-graduate studies include the 52nd Annual National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College and the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense.

Ms. Webb-Edgington served as Kentucky's gubernatorial-appointed representative to the SEARCH Membership from 2002-2006, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004. She also served as secretary/treasurer and president of Kentucky Women in Law Enforcement, and is a past member of the Kentucky and International Associations of Chiefs of Police, and the National Governors' Association Homeland Security Advisory Council.

She is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the KSP Commendation for Outstanding Achievement, and the Best of Kentucky 2007 IT Champion Award, given by the Commonwealth Office of Technology.