SEARCH Welcomes Jacobson to S&T Team

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Michael Jacobson
SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Jacobson joined the Systems and Technology Program team as a Justice Information Systems Specialist on November 9, 2009.

Mr. Jacobson has 20 years of networking, database programming, user support, administration and project management experience, with expertise in XML, business process modeling, and service-oriented architecture—much of it at state-level agencies in Montana.

Prior to joining SEARCH, he worked for the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), most recently as an Information Technology Project Manager. He was responsible for coordinating and completing multiple simultaneous projects, including managing project scope and timelines, developing project and communications plans, providing risk assessments, developing policies, standards and procedures, conducting business process analysis, and reporting to project sponsors, stakeholders, and team members. He managed the statewide Integrated Justice Information Sharing (IJIS) Broker program, which is creating the information exchanges that allow a wide range of agencies (such as courts, jails, prisons, police, sheriffs, motor vehicle division, etc.) share real-time information quickly, securely, and accurately.

He also served as Chief of the Montana DOJ's Application Services Bureau for more than three years, which assists the department in planning, developing, and maintaining automated information systems. He oversaw the work of web developers, programmer/ analysts, systems analysts, and database administrators, and also participated in long-range planning and coordinating development projects. He worked with IT managers statewide on enterprisewide strategic planning, standards, and policy issues as Executive Chairman of the Montana Information Technology Managers Council, an advisory group to the state Chief Information Officer.

In other positions, he served as a System Analyst for the Montana Department of Agriculture for five years, where he was responsible for meeting its IT needs, including user support and training; network and server administration; and programming large and small database projects; as Vice President of Information Systems for a private technology firm; and as an Information Service Specialist for the state Office of Public Instruction, all based in Helena, Montana.

Mr. Jacobson has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Carroll College.

In his position with SEARCH, Mr. Jacobson will provide assistance on integrated justice systems project planning and implementation. He provides training, technical assistance, and research on automated systems development, automation planning, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions nationwide.

"We are delighted to have Mike join our efforts to help justice practitioners nationwide plan, govern, and implement their information sharing initiatives," said Scott Came, Director of Systems and Technology. "Mike's past leadership of the technology and policy aspects of these complex projects are welcome additions to our team and will serve our clients well."