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July 2019 Elections Result in New SEARCH Board Lineup

SEARCH welcomes four new Members to its Board of Directors following elections held during SEARCH’s 2019 Annual Membership Group Meeting July 22 in Washington, D.C. The election, along with a new bylaw change and Member departures, has resulted in a new Board roster.

The newly elected Board Members, who will serve two-year terms that expire in July 2021, are:

  • Mr. Brad Cazort, Director, Arkansas Crime Information Center, who has served as a SEARCH Member since November 2017.
  • Mr. David Jobes, Assistant Director, Iowa Department of Public Safety, who has served as a SEARCH Member since March 2017 and previously served from 2011–2014.
  • Ms. Leila McNeill, Chief, Crime Identification Bureau, Idaho State Police, a SEARCH Member since August 2018.
  • Mr. Matt Ruel, Director, Bureau of Identification, Maine State Police, a SEARCH Member since 2013, who previously served two terms on the Board.

Re-elected to the Board was At-Large Member Bob Wessels, Vice Chair of the Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology, who has served on the Board since 2004 and was elected to a new two-year term that expires in July 2021.

The SEARCH Membership elected Mr. Cazort, Mr. Jobes, Ms. McNeill, Mr. Ruel and Mr. Wessels to their posts by acclamation.

Brad Cazort David Jobes Leila McNeill Matt Ruel Bob Wessels


Continuing to serve leadership roles on the Board, with terms that expire in July 2020, are:

  • Chair Leslie Moore, Director, Information Services Division, Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
  • Vice Chair, Major Brandon Gray, Commanding Officer, Identification & Information Technology Section, New Jersey State Police.
  • Immediate Past Chair Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Leslie Moore Maj. Brandon Gray Brad Truitt


State Members continuing to serve on the Board, with terms that expire in July 2020, are:

  • Jason Bright, Supervisor of the Criminal Records & Identification Services Section, Criminal Investigation Division, Montana Department of Justice.
  • Adam Dean, Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Records, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Kathryn Monfreda, Acting Director, Division of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety.
  • Lisa Voss, Assistant Director, State Bureau of Identification, Delaware State Police.
Jason Bright Adam Dean Kathryn Monfreda Lisa Voss


At-Large Members continuing to serve on the Board, with terms that expire in July 2020, are:

  • Daniel Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute.
  • James Lynch, Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland.
Dan Foro James Lynch


Due to a Bylaw change voted into effect by the SEARCH Membership at its July meeting, the 15th position on the Board of Directors will be held by a representative of the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC), an organization that serves as SEARCH’s development arm. SEARCH expects that representative to be named in August or September.

Transitioning off the Board, and in some cases the SEARCH Membership, were the following individuals. The July 21, 2019, Board Meeting was the last they attended. SEARCH thanks them for their dedication and service and wishes them well:

  • Robert Merwine, who served as Pennsylvania’s SEARCH Member since 2011, left the Board and Membership following a job change in his state.
  • Wyatt Pettengill, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, stepped down from the Board after one term. He will continue to serve as North Carolina’s SEARCH Member.
  • Longtime At-Large Member David Steingraber, who also had served as Wisconsin’s governor-appointed Member for 8years, stepped down from the Board and Membership following 16 years of involvement with SEARCH.
  • Major Jennie Temple, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, who served two terms on the Board, stepped down from the Board and Membership following a job change in her state. She had represented South Carolina on the Membership Group since 2015.
Bob Merwine Wyatt Pettengill David Steingraber

SEARCH’s 15-member Board of Directors, elected by the full Membership Group, provides general oversight and translates corporate goals and objectives into program directives and operating policies. Board Members serve 2-year terms, and include 11 State-appointed, 3 At-Large Members, and 1 representative from the Open Justice Broker Consortium.
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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.

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.