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26Feb2015

Appointments, Retirements Change SEARCH Membership Roster

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The following changes to the SEARCH Membership Group roster have occurred in recent weeks:

  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appointed Captain Jennie Temple to serve as South Carolina’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective January 29, 2015.

    Captain Temple leads the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), which operates and maintains a statewide Crime Information Center that includes the Uniform Crime Reports Section, the Central Records Repository, and the CJIS Training Unit. The Center conducts and disseminates crime analysis information and provides criminal identification and records information to local, state and federal agencies. CJIS is also responsible for the state’s law enforcement data communications network.

  • Major Tim McGrail, Commander of the Technical Services Bureau, Missouri State Highway Patrol, retired from state service this month. In doing so, he leaves his position as the governor-appointed Member to SEARCH and his position on the SEARCH Board of Directors. Major McGrail had served as a SEARCH Member since March 2013 and earlier this year was selected to receive SEARCH’s 2015 Cooper Award.

    Taking Major McGrail’s place on the Board of Directors is Mr. Robert Merwine, Director, Office of Criminal Justice Systems Improvements, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Mr. Merwine has served on the SEARCH Membership since his appointment in July 2011.

  • Mr. David Page, Director of the Information Services Division, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, is retiring from state service effective March 1, and is leaving his position as Oklahoma’s representative to the SEARCH Membership Group. Mr. Page had served on the SEARCH Membership since July 2013.

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.

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