Major Sandy Karsten Appointed to Represent Missouri on SEARCH Membership Group

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Major Sandy Karsten
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Major Sandy Karsten to serve as Missouri's representative on the SEARCH Membership Group. She will fill the vacancy that occurred with the retirement of longtime Missouri Member Major Robert Bloomberg.

The appointment was effective June 14, 2012.

Major Karsten serves as the Commander of the Technical Services Bureau of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), which directs the Communications, Criminal Justice Information Services, Information Systems, Traffic, and Research and Development divisions and coordinates their activities with the troops.

In 2011 Major Karsten became the first female officer in the history of the MSHP to be promoted to the rank of major. She worked her way up the ranks beginning in 1985 and at each rank of lieutenant, captain, division director and major, she was the first female officer to attain the rank in the history of the MSHP.

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.