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21Jul2021

SEARCH Membership Holds 2021 Board Election

Major David A. (Tony) Flannigan

At the 2021 SEARCH Annual Membership Group Meeting, held July 12 in St. Louis, Missouri, Chair Leslie Moore announced results of the Board of Directors election, which was held virtually prior to the meeting. The election included four open seats for State Members and one open seat for an At-Large Member; all positions are for two-year terms that expire in July 2023.

Elected to his first term on the Board was Major David A. (Tony) Flannigan, Commander of the Technical Services Bureau, Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Re-elected to new two-year terms on the Board were the following State Directors:

  • Brad Cazort, Director, Arkansas Crime Information Center.
  • Leila McNeill, Chief, Criminal Identification Bureau, Idaho State Police.
  • Matt Ruel, Director, Maine State Bureau of Identification, Maine State Police.

Also re-elected to a new two-year term is At-Large Member Bob Wessels, Vice Chair, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

Continuing to serve on the SEARCH Board of Directors, with terms that expire in July 2022, are the following State Directors:

  • Mr. Jason Bright, Supervisor, Criminal Records & Identification Services Section, Criminal Investigation Division, Montana Department of Justice.
  • Ms. Mannone Butler, Executive Director, District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
  • Lt. Colonel Timothy Chung, Assistant Director, Technical Services Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • Lt. Colonel Larry C. Newton Jr., Office of Technical Services, Kentucky State Police.
  • Lisa Voss, Assistant Director, State Bureau of Identification, Delaware State Police.

Also continuing to serve on the SEARCH Board of Directors, with terms that expire in July 2022, are the following At-Large Members:

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

In addition, Mr. Christopher D.W. Young, Administrator, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, Department of the Attorney General, is the permanent appointed Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) representative to the SEARCH Board.

Transitioning off the Board was Mr. David Jobes, Assistant Director, Iowa Department of Public Safety. SEARCH thanks Mr. Jobes for his dedicated service on the Board. He remains Iowa’s representative to the SEARCH Membership Group.

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-appointees, 3 At-Large appointees, 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.

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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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