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SEARCH Board Appoints Tim Lott as Interim Executive Director


Timothy Lott

The SEARCH Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Timothy Lott as the organization’s Interim Executive Director, effective May 1, 2017. Mr. Lott, who also serves as SEARCH’s Director of High-Tech Crime Training Services (HTCTS), takes over from Mr. Scott Came, who has been Executive Director since January 2013.

The SEARCH Board is conducting a recruitment effort to find a permanent replacement for the position.

Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. He was appointed to Director of HTCTS in 2011, overseeing a national program that provides assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on conducting electronic crimes investigations.

Mr. Came is continuing his service to SEARCH as a Senior Policy Advisor.

SEARCH Executive Directors

  • Mr. O.J. “Bud” Hawkins, 1974–1978
  • Mr. Steven Kolodney, 1978–1983
  • Mr. Gary R. Cooper, 1983–2003
  • Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, 2003–2013
  • Mr. Scott M. Came, 2013–2017
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Timothy Lott

TimLottMr. Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, overseeing a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting electronic crimes investigations.

These courses focus on teaching how to investigate Internet and computer crimes, online child exploitation, cellular devices, and social networking sites, and the proper search and seizure of home and small office networks. The High-Tech Crime Training Services team led by Mr. Lott also provides hands-on assistance in systems security and computer forensics.

Mr. Lott also serves as Director of Operations for SEARCH, responsible for managing, coordinating, and leading all financial and administrative functions for the organization. This includes advising the SEARCH executive team and Board of Directors on financial matters; overseeing corporate accounting, bookkeeping, and employee benefits; coordinating annual audits, and grant proposal and reporting submissions; preparing budgets and contracts; and maintaining staff policies and procedures, among other duties.

Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. He coordinated and provided training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics; provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases; prepared training curricula; and presented at conferences throughout the United States. He was promoted to his current position in 2011.

Mr. Lott previously worked for 6 years as a Deputy Probation Officer for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Probation, and another 2 years as a Probation Assistant. He was assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor. He also supervised a caseload of adult and juvenile probationers.

His assignment on the Task Force required him to conduct probation compliance checks on offenders who had been convicted and placed on probation for offenses involving the possession of child pornography, stalking via social networking sites or cell phones, and identity theft. In August 2009, Mr. Lott was cross-designated as a Special Deputy United States Marshal.

Mr. Lott is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Criminal Justice Association, and High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento, and a master’s degree in Forensic Studies – Computer Forensics concentration from Stevenson University. He is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).