SEARCH Welcomes New Members

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SEARCH is pleased to announce the following recent appointments of new State and At-Large Members to the Membership Group:

Mr. James Buckley, Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security, was appointed to an At-Large position by Chairman Thomas Turner on December 1, 2010.

Mr. Patrick Keen, Deputy Director, Division of Administration, Illinois State Police, was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on January 4, 2011.

Ms. Dawn Brinningstaull, Director, Criminal Justice Information Center, Michigan State Police, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on January 21, 2011.

Mr. David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association, was appointed to an At-Large position by Chairman Thomas Turner on January 27, 2011.

Mr. John Oliver, Information Technology Division, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, was appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez on February 5, 2011.

SEARCH Executive Director Ron Hawley said he is very pleased with the appointments and noted that each new Member brings renewed energy and insight to the Membership Group. "These appointments give the States of Illinois, Michigan and New Mexico the opportunity to have a role in the national discussion on justice information sharing, including privacy and data quality standards," he noted.

Mr. Hawley added, "Our At-Large Members often bring a different perspective to the table and we are truly fortunate to now have representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Criminal Justice Association."

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.