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04Mar2020

SEARCH Welcomes New Alabama Appointee to Membership Group

By SEARCH

SEARCH is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. W. Avery Morris, CLEE, to the SEARCH Membership Group. He was appointed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on February 19, 2020.

Mr. Morris is Operations Officer of the State Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Services Division, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The division houses the state’s Sex Offender Registry, Criminal Records Identification, Latent Print, Incident Reporting and Compliance units. In this role, Mr. Morris oversees criminal justice information systems and information sharing responsibilities for the state.

Mr. Morris is a certified law enforcement executive and has worked for ALEA since 2007, and also serves as a Special Agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. He previously served as Chief of Police for the Alexander City (AL) Police Department. In this role, he served on SEARCH’s National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience.  The focus group deliberations, which were funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, resulted in the issuance of a report that examined the role that criminal history record background checks played in dealing with Hurricane Katrina evacuees, relief workers, and emergency housing providers.

The SEARCH Membership Group, the governing body of SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH’s Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice.
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