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25Apr2018

SEARCH Chairman Appoints Four New At-Large Members

By SEARCH

Mr. Bradley Truitt, Chairman of the SEARCH Board of Directors, has appointed four new At-Large representatives to the SEARCH Membership Group, with terms beginning April 23, 2018.

The Membership Group—SEARCH’s governing body—is primarily composed of gubernatorial appointees from the states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. They are state-level officials who usually are responsible for managing their State’s criminal history records repositories and related identification and telecommunications technology.

SEARCH is the national venue through which the states articulate their justice information management needs and priorities.  Serving as the voice of the States on criminal history and information sharing issues, the SEARCH Membership brings State concerns and recommendations to the attention of the Federal government, including the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI, and the U.S. Congress.

To augment the Membership’s deliberations with a wide array of subject matter expertise and operational insight, SEARCH’s Bylaws authorize the Board Chair to appoint up to eight At-Large Members who are experts and thought leaders in their field. Appointments are typically for a two-year renewable term, but with this large contingent the appointments are staggered, with two members being appointed for a two-year term and two for an initial one-year term that will be extended for two years in 2019.

“I am confident that our newly appointed At-Large Members will add significant value to our ongoing work and deliberations,” said Chairman Truitt. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome them to SEARCH and I look forward to working with each of them.”

The new appointees are:

  • Kevin J. Bowling, JD, Court Administrator, 20th Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Courts in Michigan. His appointment is for a two-year term ending June 30, 2020.
  • Michael W. Haas, LLM, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor and Special Assistant, in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services. His appointment is for a two-year term ending June 30, 2020.
  • Christopher W. Kelly, JD, Director of the Digital Evidence Laboratory for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. His appointment is for a one-year term ending June 30, 2019.
  • James P. Lynch, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland at College Park. His appointment is for a one-year term ending June 30, 2019.

Kevin Bowling

Michael Haas

Christopher Kelly

James Lynch

They join the following At-Large Members on the SEARCH Membership Group, who have served in this capacity for as long as 27 years:

  • Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon University, appointed July 10, 1991.
  • Daniel Foro, Senior Adviser, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, appointed March 7, 2014.
  • David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association, appointed January 27, 2011.
  • Robert Wessels, Vice Chair, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology, appointed March 5, 2001.
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, 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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