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05Oct2021

Dr. Jeffrey Sedgwick is Appointed a SEARCH Member At-Large

On October 1, Ms. Leslie Moore, Chairwoman of the SEARCH Board of Directors, appointed Jeffrey Sedgwick, Ph.D., to serve as an At-Large representative to the SEARCH Membership Group.

Dr. Sedgwick is Executive Director of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors that is dedicated to the use of nonpartisan research and analysis to inform criminal and juvenile justice decision-making. He previously served as Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

“With brilliant insight, vast experience, and an analytic perspective, I am certain that Dr. Sedgwick will play an important role in the ongoing work and deliberations of the SEARCH Membership” noted Chairwoman Moore. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome him to SEARCH. We look forward to working closely with him.”

The SEARCH Membership Group is composed of gubernatorial appointees from each state, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Members are state-level officials who are typically responsible for managing their State’s criminal history records repositories and related identification and telecommunications technology.

SEARCH Bylaws authorize the Board Chairperson to appoint up to seven At-Large Members who are subject matter experts and thought leaders to augment Member deliberations. Dr. Sedgwick’s appointment is for a two-year renewable term, which expires September 30, 2023.

Other At-Large representatives serving the SEARCH Membership Group include:

  • Alfred Blumstein, Ph.D., Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Mr. Dan Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute.
  • James P. Lynch, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Mr. Bob Wessels, Vice Chair, Judicial Committee on Information Technology, State of Texas.
  • Mr. Nelson O. Bunn, Jr., Executive Director, National District Attorneys Association.
  • Mr. Richard Schauffler, Principal, Justice Solutions, former Director of Research for the National Center for State Courts.
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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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