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SEARCH Programs Director Mark Perbix Retires

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At the 2023 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting in Seattle, WA, on January 24, Programs Director Mark Perbix (left) was recognized for his 17 years of services and dedication to SEARCH by SEARCH Chairman Jason Bright (MT). The entire SEARCH Membership joined in wishing him a happy retirement.

Mark Perbix, who has served in dual roles as Director of Programs and Director of Information Sharing for SEARCH, retired on Friday, February 3, following 17 years of service.

He joined SEARCH staff in August 2005 following work as lead grant manager for federally funded IT projects at the Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Justice, and as CIO for the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS).

“We will certainly miss Mark and his extraordinary insight in planning and implementing justice information sharing projects around the nation,” said David Roberts, SEARCH Executive Director. “Mark led efforts to develop the NIBRS Pre-Certification and NIBRS-to-Summary Reporting Tools, and he’s played a critical role in developing CCH Data Quality Dashboards and leveraging criminal history data for research purposes. We wish Mark the very best in his retirement!”

Mr. Perbix provided oversight to four SEARCH Program areas: Information Sharing, Law and Policy, Software and Data Engineering, and Cybercrime and Digital Forensics.

As Director of SEARCH’s Information Sharing Program, he oversaw SEARCH’s initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. These initiatives focus on providing direct assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to improve their use of technology, information sharing, and communications interoperability in mission-critical projects.

His work with SEARCH also included:

  • Supporting the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) project.
  • Providing training, technical assistance, and research on strategic planning, architecture development, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions.
  • Building exchange specifications using the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM).
  • Leading major projects, such as an offender reentry best practices project for the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.
  • Contributing to national workgroups, such as the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG), and as a leader in practitioner organizations, such as the National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS).

With CICJIS, he helped develop a Web portal to their integrated information system, which provides a single method of accessing criminal justice data and records from Colorado’s five principal criminal justice databases: the criminal history repository, state courts, prosecutors, and adult and juvenile corrections. He also oversaw the implementation of a statewide automated warrants process that provided real-time electronic exchange and management of all warrants issued by the state courts to local law enforcement and improving disposition matching of court and arrest records.

Mr. Perbix earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law. He is a Certified Computing Professional through the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals.

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