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07Oct2021

Capt. Rusty Clark is Mississippi’s New SEARCH Member

Captain Rusty Clark is Mississippi’s new state representative on the SEARCH Membership Group. He is Director of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Information Center (CIC), and was appointed on September 21, 2021, by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.

The CIC is responsible for communicating vital information relating to crimes, criminals, and criminal activity, and is the state’s primary conduit for information exchange with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center system, other national data exchanges, and in-state law enforcement information exchange. The CIC maintains Mississippi’s criminal records repository and provides fingerprint-based identification services to law enforcement and other criminal justice entities statewide and nationally.

CIC units include:

  • Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) Intelligence Analysis
  • Mississippi Sex Offender Registration (MSOR)
  • Mississippi Justice Information Center (MJIC)
  • Applicant Processing
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Mental Health Adjudication Reporting
  • NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System)

Capt. Clark is SEARCH’s first known “legacy Member”: His father, Major J.F. Clark, served as Mississippi’s SEARCH Member from 1991 to 1996, following his appointment by then-Governor Ray Mabus.

SEARCH Members and staff are pleased to welcome Captain Clark to the Membership Group.  He fills a longtime vacancy for the state.

The SEARCH Membership Group, the governing body of 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.
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Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York. 

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