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SEARCH Welcomes New Massachusetts Member


SEARCH is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jamie Gagnon to the SEARCH Membership Group. He was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on July 10, 2020.

Mr. Gagnon is Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, which manages and administers the Commonwealth’s law enforcement information and criminal records systems, the Firearms Records Bureau, and the post-conviction victim notification system.

Mr. Gagnon succeeds Mr. Curtis Wood, Secretary/Commonwealth CIO, Executive Office of Technology Services & Security, who had served as Massachusetts’ governor appointee to SEARCH for 12 years. Mr. Wood had served on the SEARCH Board of Directors and in 2016 was selected by the SEARCH Board for the Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award, which recognized his contributions both to the field of criminal justice information and to the success of SEARCH.

SEARCH welcomes Mr. Gagnon to the SEARCH Membership and thanks Mr. Wood for his service.

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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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.