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SEARCH Salutes 2018 Annual Award and Years of Service Honorees

SEARCH presented two of its top honors at its 2018 Annual Membership Group Meeting in Washington, D.C., held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City July 24–26.

Top Leadership

In ceremonies Tuesday, July 24, SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt recognized two national leaders for their contributions that exemplify SEARCH ideals of improving information use, management, and exchange among justice and public safety agencies:

John Cornyn

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) received the 2018 Justice Policy Leadership Award to salute his tireless efforts to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), enhance information sharing capabilities, and advance criminal justice reform at the national level. The award was accepted by Mr. Carter Burwell, Chief Counsel to Senator Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Donna Uzzell

Donna Uzzell, Special Agent in Charge, Statewide Investigation Services, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, received the 2018 O.J. Hawkins Award for Innovative Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Criminal Justice Information Systems, Policy and Statistics. The award is SEARCH’s highest practitioner honor and is the only nationally recognized honor for leadership in the field of criminal justice information management.

Ms. Uzzell was nominated for the award by six previous Hawkins Award recipients, and was feted at an awards dinner the evening of July 24. She has been Florida’s appointed representative to the SEARCH Membership Group for 21 years and is known for her ceaseless advocacy to protect vulnerable populations and support national justice programs.

Special Recognitions, Years of Service

Chair Truitt also recognized SEARCH Members and Staff for special achievements and for years of service to the organization, with significant length of service achieved in 2018:

Dawn Peck

Dawn Peck, Criminal Identification Bureau Chief for the Idaho State Police, was recognized for her 12 years of service as Idaho’s SEARCH representative and for her nearly 30 years of service in state government. Ms. Peck is preparing to retire in mid-August and was presented with a resolution from the SEARCH Board of Directors.

Tim Lott

Timothy Lott, who serves as Director of SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services and Director of Operations, was recognized for his efforts as Interim Executive Director between May and November 2017, when SEARCH was conducting a national recruitment for a new Executive Director.

SEARCH Members honored for years of service were Mr. David Steingraber (At-Large), 15 years; Mr. Curtis Wood (Massachusetts), 10 years; and Ms. Rickeya Franklin (Ohio), Ms. Alice Moffat (Utah), and Mr. Matthew Ruel, all of whom have served on the Membership for 5 years.

Christine Lee

Leticia Davidek

Mo West

Dean Chatfield

SEARCH Staff honored for years of service were Ms. Christine Lee, Webmaster, 15 years; Ms. Leticia Davidek, Controller, and Mr. Mo West, Information Sharing Specialist, 10 years; and Mr. Dean Chatfield, High-Tech Crime Training Specialist, and Ms. Diane Lacy, Information Sharing Specialist, both 5 years.

SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (left) presents the 2018 Justice Policy Leadership Award to Mr. Carter Burwell, Senate Judiciary Committee, who accepted it on behalf of U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

Ms. Donna Uzzell accepts the 2018 OJ Hawkins Award from SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt at a dinner in her honor.

2018 Hawkins Award recipient Donna Uzzell celebrates with (from left) SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt and three former Hawkins Award recipients: Mr. Gerard Ramker, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. DOJ; Mr. Owen Greenspan, SEARCH Law and Policy Director (ret.); and Mr. David Loesch, FBI CJIS Division (ret.).

Ms. Dawn Peck and Mr. Brad Truitt

Mr. Timothy Lott and Mr. Brad Truitt

Mr. David Steingraber and Mr. Brad Truitt

Ms. Rickeya Franklin and Mr. Brad Truitt

Ms. Alice Moffat and Mr. Brad Truitt

Mr. Matthew Ruel and Mr. Brad Truitt

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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.

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.