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Maryland Governor Appoints Shelton to SEARCH Membership


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Ms. Carole Shelton as that state’s representative to the SEARCH Membership Group.

Ms. Shelton is Director of the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Central Repository, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The CJIS Central Repository maintains and disseminates criminal history record information, and receives and screens applications for criminal history background checks for criminal justice, employment and licensing purposes. The repository also receives and processes electronic and manual fingerprint images and expunges criminal records.

Ms. Shelton’s appointment was effective December 1, 2016.

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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