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SEARCH Recognizes 2017 Annual Award Honorees, As Well As Members and Staff for Years of Service

SEARCH’s Annual Membership Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, last week featured an awards dinner the evening of Tuesday, July 25, which honored recipients of top SEARCH awards for 2017:

  • Billy Clinton, Division Administrator for the Arkansas Crime Information Center, recipient of the 2017 O.J. Hawkins Award for Innovative Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Criminal Justice Information Systems, Policy and Statistics, and
  • Bradley Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Chair of the SEARCH Board of Directors, recipient of the 2017 Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award.

In addition, SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt recognized both Members and Staff for their years of service to the organization, with significant length of service achieved in 2017.

Billy Clinton (left) accepts the 2017 O.J. Hawkins Award from SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt. The Hawkins Award is SEARCH’s top practitioner honor and has been handed out since 1985.

SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (left) accepts the 2017 Cooper Meritorious Service Award from Vice Chair Joe Morrissey. The Cooper Award is SEARCH’s top honor given to Members.

Members and Staff recognized for years of service to SEARCH include Kansas Member Leslie Moore (left) and SEARCH Staff Justin Fitzsimmons (right), both pictured with SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt.

Member Anniversaries

25 Years

Ms. Liane Moriyama
Administrator, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
Department of the Attorney General
(Ms. Moriyama retired effective June 30)

5 Years

Ms. Leslie Moore
Director, Information Services Division
Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Jay B. Winters
Arkansas Crime Information Center

Staff Anniversaries

30 Years

Ms. Twyla Putt
Corporate Communications

10 Years

Mr. James Douglas
Information Sharing Specialist

5 Years

Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons
Program Manager
High-Tech Crime Training Services

Mr. Phillip Bennie
Laboratory and User Support Specialist
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Past recipients of O.J. Hawkins Award

(titles listed were at the time of the award) 

Past recipients of Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award

(titles listed were at the time of the award)

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.