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New Chair Leads Board of Directors Following Annual Elections

SEARCH welcomed a new Chair to its Board of Directors following elections during SEARCH’s Annual Membership Group Meeting, held July 24–26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Leslie Moore, Director of the Information Services Division, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, was elected Chair by acclamation of the Membership Group on July 24. Ms. Moore has served as a governor appointee to the SEARCH Membership Group since 2012, and was first elected to the Board in 2015.

New officers on the SEARCH Board of Directors are (from left) Vice Chair Julie Butler, Immediate Past Chair Bradley Truitt, and Chair Leslie Moore.

Also newly elected to the Vice Chair position is Ms. Julie Butler, Administrator of the Records, Communications and Compliance Division, Nevada Department of Public Safety.  She had been serving as Vice Chair since January 2018, when she was elected to fulfill the remaining term of former Vice Chair Joe Morrissey, who retired in 2017.  At the July 24 meeting, Ms. Butler was also elected Vice Chair by acclamation of the Membership Group.

Both Ms. Moore and Ms. Butler will serve two-year terms that expire in July 2020. Their elections resulted in the first time in nearly 50 years of SEARCH’s existence that the top two Board officers are women.

Prior to the election, Members approved a change to SEARCH Bylaws, which reserves a seat on the Board  of Directors for the Immediate Past Chair. The bylaw change, instituted to ensure leadership continuity, gives the Immediate Past Chair the option to serve for another two-year cycle. Mr. Bradley Truitt, Director of  Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, opted to serve in this capacity until July 2020.

The Membership also held elections for four State and two At-Large positions; these were filled by a mix of incumbents up for re-election and Members who are joining the Board for the first time. They will serve two-year terms that expire in July 2020.

Elected for the first time were: 

  • 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.
  • James Lynch, Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland (At-Large Member).

Jason Bright

Adam Dean

James Lynch

Re-elected to a second term were:

  • Daniel Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute (At-Large Member).
  • Major Brandon Gray, Commanding Officer, Identification & Information Technology Section, New Jersey State Police.
  • Kathryn Monfreda, Acting Director, Division of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Daniel Foro

Maj. Brandon Gray

Kathryn Monfreda

Continuing their service on the Board are the following Directors, whose terms expires in July 2019:

  • Rickeya Franklin, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
  • Robert Merwine, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
  • Wyatt Pettengill, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
  • David Steingraber, National Criminal Justice Association (At-Large Member)
  • Major Jennie Temple, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Robert Wessels, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology (At-Large Member)

Rickeya Franklin

Robert Merwine

Wyatt Pettengill

David Steingraber

Robert Wessels

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 and 4 At-Large Members.

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
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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.