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SEARCH Membership Group Holds Board Elections; Gavel Passes as Brad Truitt Takes Over as New Chair

Brad Truitt, Chair

Brad Truitt

Natalie Chrastil, Vice Chair

Natalie Chrastil
(Vice Chair)

During SEARCH’s recent annual Membership Group meeting held July 29-30, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah, SEARCH Members held elections for the Board of Directors.

Newly elected Board officers include:

  • Mr. Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Chair)
  • Ms. Natalie A. Chrastil, Ph.D., Deputy Director CJIS, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (Vice Chair)

Newly elected Board directors include:

  • Ms. Julie Butler, Administrator, General Services Division, Nevada Department of Public Safety
  • Mr. Dan Foro, Senior Advisor, New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute (At-Large Member)
  • Mr. Joe Morrissey, Director, Office of Criminal Justice Operations, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Mr. Matthew Ruel, Director, Maine State Bureau of Identification, Maine State Police

Directors re-elected to a second term are:

  • Mr. Oded Galili, Deputy Director, Minnesota Justice Information Services, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
  • Ms. Dawn A. Peck, Manager, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Idaho State Police
  • Mr. Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D., Director, Statistical Analysis Center, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (At-Large Member)

Continuing on the Board are:

  • Ms. Linda K. Denly, Chief, Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigative Services, Division of Justice Information Services, California Department of Justice
  • Major Timothy McGrail, Commander, Technical Services Bureau, Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Mr. Maury Mitchell, Director, Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center
  • Mr. David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association (At-Large Member)
  • Mr. Robert Wessels, Vice Chair, Judicial Committee on Information Technology, State of Texas (At-Large Member)
  • Mr. Curtis Wood, Undersecretary, Forensic Science and Technology, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
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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.