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During SEARCH's annual Membership Group meeting held July 16-19, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio, SEARCH Members held elections for the Board of Directors, including elections for the offices of Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Francis X. (Paco) Aumand III
"I am honored and humbled to have been elected for the second time as Chair of this organization," he said.
Mr. Aumand replaces Captain Thomas W. Turner, Division Commander, Criminal Justice Information Services, Virginia State Police, who has served as SEARCH Chair since 2010. Capt. Turner declined to seek re-election as Chair.
Mr. Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, was re-elected to a new, 2-year term as Vice Chairman of SEARCH. He has served as SEARCH Vice Chair since 2010, and has served on the Board for 6 years. Mr. Truitt has been SEARCH's Tennessee representative to the Membership Group since 2004.
Newly elected Board members are:
Dr. Natalie Chrastil
Deputy Director of CJIS
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
Ms. Dawn Peck
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Idaho State Police
Mr. Oded Galili
Minnesota Justice Information Services
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
State and At-Large Members re-elected to a second term are:
Dr. Alfred Blumstein
J. Erik Jonsson Professor
Urban Systems and Operations
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
Ms. Terry D. Gibbons
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Crime Information Center
Ms. Liane Moriyama
Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
Department of the Attorney General
Continuing to serve on the Board (with one year remaining on their terms) are these State and At-Large Members:
Mr. David Jobes
Division of Criminal Investigation
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Maj. Douglas Shelton
Indiana State Police
Mr. David Steingraber
Senior Policy Advisor
National Criminal Justice Association
Ms. Judy Volk
Information Services Manager
Bureau of Criminal investigation
North Dakota Office of Attorney General
Mr. Robert Wessels
Judicial Committee on Information Technology
State of Texas
Col. Robert Williams
Maine State Police
Q&A with SEARCH Chairman Francis Aumand IIIWhat challenges ahead do you see facing SEARCH, or the justice/public safety community?
The technology and criminal justice public policy issues facing the justice community in light of the continued shrinking federal grant programs are real both to SEARCH as an organization and the justice community as a whole. SEARCH's challenge in the future is making sure that it defines itself in a way that meets the needs of the Membership and that it is seen as the voice of the states with regard to justice information sharing initiatives and individual identifying records.
What would you like to accomplish in your coming term as Chair?
During my term as Chair I would like to see that the Board continues its governing style that allows for participation and speaking with one voice. I also would like to see the Membership be engaged in discussions that define and/or redefine the reasons the organization exists. I think there are significant challenges ahead of us regarding justice information sharing initiatives and the use of the criminal history record. As an organization, we need to be properly poised to be a strong voice in answering the difficult questions surrounding the use of records and the continued policy issues surrounding integrating different databases.