Longtime SEARCH Member Retires; California Member Joins SEARCH Board

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Theron A. Schnure
Longtime SEARCH Member from Connecticut, Mr. Theron A. Schnure, has retired from his position as Assistant Division Director, Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.

Due to his retirement, Mr. Schnure also left his position as the governor-appointed Member to the SEARCH Membership. He served in this capacity for nearly 14 years.

"Mr. Schnure was an active and committed Member to SEARCH and served on the Board of Directors with distinction," noted SEARCH Director Ronald P. Hawley. "His thoughtful contributions to many SEARCH discussions will be missed. We wish him the very best in this next chapter of life."

Mr. Schnure was a member of the SEARCH Board of Directors, as well as the Planning Committee, three program advisory committees (Law and Policy, Systems and Technology, and Research and Statistics), and the National Task Force on Federal Legislation Affecting State Criminal Justice Information, which was convened jointly by SEARCH and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice in the late 1990s.

The task force included members of the judiciary, court administrators, and Federal and state criminal justice representatives. It responded to court concern about the increasing demands for data to support criminal justice legislative strategies. The task force issued a report of findings and recommendations in 2000, in which they recommended greater involvement of the courts in the development of data systems and that greater consideration be given to the demands which implementing new legislative strategies impose on the judiciary system.

Gary K. Cooper
The task force report is available online.

Mr. Schnure is being replaced on the SEARCH Board of Directors by California Member Gary K. Cooper, Director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, California Department of Justice.

He has been a SEARCH Member since March 2008 and prior to that served as an active Alternate Member for 11 years. For more on Mr. Cooper, check out his SEARCH Membership Group Profile.