SEARCH Membership Group Welcomes Four New Members

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SEARCH is pleased to announce the addition of four new Members to the Membership Group:

  • Mr. Thomas Stickrath, Superintendent, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, was appointed December 15, 2011, by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich. Mr. Stickrath replaces Mr. Kahrlton Moore as Ohio's representative on the Membership Group.


  • Lieutenant John J. Shelton, Investigative Services Division, Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), was appointed March 20, 2012, by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. This will be Lt. Shelton's second tenure as a governor-appointed SEARCH Member—he previously served in this role from October 2003 to June 2010. Lt. Shelton replaces NSP Lt. Carla Schreiber as Nebraska's representative on the Membership Group.


  • Ms. Leslie Moore, Director, Information Services Division, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, was appointed April 3, 2012, by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.


  • Mr. Jay B. Winters Sr., Director, Arkansas Crime Information Center, was appointed April 23, 2012, by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Mr. Winters replaces Mr. Danny Ormand as Arkansas' representative on the Membership Group.

"I am delighted that we have added these four talented individuals to our Membership roster," stated Executive Director Ron Hawley. "And I am glad to have the state of Kansas rejoin us after having a lapse in Membership. They will now be able to enjoy the benefits of the work of SEARCH once again," he added.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories, 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.