SEARCH Welcomes New RI, WA Members

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Mr. Jim Anderson

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White
SEARCH is pleased to announce that two new state representatives have been appointed to the SEARCH Membership Group:
  • Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White, Rhode Island State Police, was appointed by Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri on March 3, 2009.
  • Mr. Jim Anderson, Washington State Patrol, was appointed by Washington Governor Christine O. Gregoire on March 3, 2009.

Lt. Col. White is Chief Administrative Officer for the Rhode Island State Police, and fills a vacancy on the Membership Group caused by the recent retirement of Lt. Col. Joseph R. Miech, who had served on the SEARCH Membership Group since November 2004.

Mr. Anderson is Commander of the Criminal Records Division, Washington State Patrol (WSP). He formerly worked as a budget manager and assistant bureau director for the WSP, and he is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and of Evergreen State College, with a master's degree in public administration. He is a Washington State Certified Public Manager. On the SEARCH Membership Group, he replaces State Patrol Assistant Chief David J. Karnitz, who had served in this capacity since February 2008.

"We're pleased to welcome Lt. Col. White and Mr. Anderson to the SEARCH Membership, and look forward to their valuable expertise and participation," said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH Executive Director.

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.