Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad appointed Mr. Gerard F. Meyers to serve as Iowa’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective August 26, 2014.
Mr. Meyers is Assistant Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS). He oversees the division’s criminal history section, which includes fingerprints, records and information sharing systems.
Mr. Meyers replaces DPS official David Jobes, who had served as Iowa’s SEARCH Member from March 2011 to May 2014.
Ms. Becki Goggins will join SEARCH’s team as Director of Law and Policy on September 15, 2014.
As Director of Law and Policy, Ms. Goggins will oversee SEARCH’s consulting practice in the areas of criminal history records, development of laws and policies concerning the use of justice information and protection of privacy, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of technology to improve justice information sharing.
Ms. Goggins has been working recently in the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on a statewide effort to reduce recidivism through improved information exchange between corrections agencies and mental health providers.