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SEARCH Welcomes New Members from Louisiana and Idaho


Norman Gobert

SEARCH is pleased to welcome two new gubernatorial appointees to our Membership Group, representing the States of Louisiana and Idaho.

Norman Gobert, Director of the Court Management Information Systems Office (CMIS), Louisiana Supreme Court, was appointed July 27, 2018, by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

The CMIS collects criminal disposition data from Louisiana courts to report those data to the Louisiana State Police criminal history record repository, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, and the FBI National Instant Criminal History Background Check System (NICS) so that criminal justice agencies have complete, accurate, and timely information. The CMIS Division also works with the courts, various Louisiana commissions and agencies, and the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), to identify impediments in reporting disposition data.

Mr. Gobert fills a vacancy on the SEARCH Membership representing his state.

Leila McNeill

Leila McNeill, Chief of the Bureau of Criminal Identification (CBI), Idaho State Police, was appointed by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, effective August 18, 2018. The BCI provides information and identification services to help law enforcement agencies detect and apprehend criminals, to promote public and officer safety, and to support the criminal justice system in the prosecution, adjudication, and correctional supervision of offenders.

BCI is Idaho’s central repository of criminal records, fingerprints, and crime statistics. Consistent with that role, it also coordinates terminal access to the Idaho Public Safety and Security System (ILETS) through training and compliance activities, serves as the control terminal agency for the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and operates the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Ms. McNeill succeeds longtime Idaho Member Dawn Peck, who retired in August.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs 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 information, particularly criminal history information. The Membership Group fosters cooperation and communication among justice system professionals in identifying and implementing solutions to common problems.
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