Massachusetts Member Appointed to New Post

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Curtis M. Wood
Mr. Curtis M. Wood, who is Massachusetts' governor-appointed representative to the SEARCH Membership Group, was recently appointed Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

In his new role, Mr. Wood is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the State Crime Laboratory, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, the Massachusetts 911 Department, and Public Safety's consolidated information technology services. Additionally, he oversees development and implementation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' integrated criminal justice information system and the statewide public safety fiber optic backbone project, as well as local, state and regional interoperability initiatives.

Mr. Wood has been a SEARCH Member since July 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.