New Appointees from Oklahoma and New Jersey Join SEARCH Membership

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SEARCH Members and Staff welcome two new gubernatorial appointees to the SEARCH Membership Group.

  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Dr. Christopher M. Hill to serve as that state's representative on the Membership. Dr. Hill is Assistant Director of the Information Services Division, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The Division is comprised of units that provide services including fingerprint identification, criminal history reporting, licensing and regulation of concealed handgun permits, identification training services to local law enforcement, and crime data collection and analysis.

    Dr. Hill's appointment was effective October 22, 2012.

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed Lt. Ronald Rivera to represent New Jersey on the SEARCH Membership. Lt. Rivera is Assistant Chief of the State Bureau of Identification (SBI), Identification & Technology Section, New Jersey State Police.
    The SBI functions as New Jersey's central repository for the receipt, verification, coding, processing, and dissemination of all criminal history record information used by criminal justice agencies for criminal justice purposes and noncriminal justice agencies for licensing/employment purposes. This includes the sex offender registry, automated fingerprint identification system, firearms purchase check system, and wanted person system, among others.

    Lt. Rivera's appointment was effective October 1, 2012.

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.