Leadership

The vision of IIR was created and continues to evolve through the guidance of its experienced leadership.

 
Emory B. Williams

Emory B. Williams
Chairman

Biography



Emory Williams is a cofounder (1978) and the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). As the Chair,
Mr. Williams is responsible for the total policy and financial operation and stability of the company. He is integrally involved in the resolution of short- and long-term management and policy issues, as well as the provision of technical and other assistance.

From 1955 to 1977, Mr. Williams was a career law enforcement official serving in various law enforcement capacities, including homicide, organized crime, narcotics, intelligence investigations, and criminal investigations management.

Mr. Williams ended his public law enforcement career as Director of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He also served as Director of the Florida Crime Information Center, the major state communications and criminal justice information facility directly servicing state, county, and city criminal justice agencies.

Mr. Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice management from Florida International University. He is also a graduate of the 83rd Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.


D. Douglas Bodrero

D. Douglas Bodrero
President

Biography



Doug Bodrero is President of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He is integrally involved in strategic direction, management, and policy issues as well as project design and program oversight. Mr. Bodrero joined IIR in 1997 as a member of the instructional team for the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program. He served as SLATT Director from 1999 until assuming the role of President of IIR in 2003. Under Mr. Bodrero’s leadership, the SLATT Program has achieved national recognition.

Before joining IIR, Mr. Bodrero served as Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS) from 1989 to 1996. UDPS is a full-service law enforcement and public safety agency that includes the Utah Highway Patrol, Bureau of Investigations, Law Enforcement and Technical Services, Peace Officer Standards and Training, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, and other law enforcement support operations. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Bodrero served as Deputy Commissioner of UDPS from 1985 to 1989 and was responsible for all operational commands. Soon after joining UDPS, Mr. Bodrero was assigned by the Governor to serve as interim director of the Department of Corrections for the express purpose of instituting major operational and administrative reforms in that agency.

In 1969, Mr. Bodrero began his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff with the Cache County, Utah, Sheriff’s Office. He held the positions of patrolman, sergeant, and lieutenant with the patrol, investigations, communications, detention, and support services commands. He was appointed chief deputy in 1976, and in 1979 he was elected sheriff, a position he held until the Governor appointed him to UDPS.

The Governor also appointed Mr. Bodrero as a founding member of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (UCCJJ), the criminal justice planning agency for the state of Utah and the state agency that administers all federal, criminal, and juvenile justice funds awarded to the state. Mr. Bodrero served on that commission for 11 years. Upon Mr. Bodrero’s retirement from the UDPS, the Governor requested that he serve as chair of the UCCJJ.

Mr. Bodrero is involved in numerous national professional law enforcement organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism. He has taught an upper-division terrorism and extremism course for the University of Utah, as well as a variety of law enforcement, leadership, management, and other criminal justice courses.

Mr. Bodrero is a graduate of the University of Utah with a master’s degree in public administration. He also received a bachelor of science degree in police science from Weber State University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, 109th Session, and the FBI National Executive Institute, Session XIII, and has completed numerous specialized courses at the National Sheriffs’ Institute; the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Tenth Session; and the Utah Law Enforcement Executive Development Institute, among others.



John Czernis

John Czernis
Chief Executive Officer

Biography



Mr. John Czernis is the Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). In this capacity, he oversees the Training, Information Sharing, and Multimedia departments within the company. Mr. Czernis is responsible for directing the development, coordination, and delivery of numerous national training and technical assistance programs designed for criminal justice personnel, as well as providing oversight to the groups that support the criminal justice community with critical information sharing efforts while ensuring the protection of citizens’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

Some of the programs and projects under Mr. Czernis’s management include the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program, the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), the Methamphetamine Technical Assistance Program, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Privacy Guidelines Implementation Support Project, the Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program and Services, and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI).

Previously, Mr. Czernis was the lead associate on the IIR team who was responsible for management of the VALOR Initiative, a national officer-safety project developed at the direction of the U.S. Attorney General. His responsibilities for the VALOR Initiative included overseeing curriculum development and training delivery, coordinating Web development of the VALOR Portal, and coordinating with instructional staff and support personnel to ensure the highest standards of quality for VALOR training and resource materials.

Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Czernis served as Colonel and Director of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and provided leadership and direction to more than 1,685 sworn and 550 nonsworn officers. He was responsible for the state’s law enforcement mission of highway safety and served as a liaison between the division and other local, state, and federal agencies on law enforcement issues. Mr. Czernis began his career with the FHP in 1977 as a trooper. He promoted through the ranks, serving in various roles—traffic homicide investigator, first-line supervisor, district commander, chief training officer, chief investigator, and deputy director—before being appointed director in 2007. Mr. Czernis began his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Vero Beach, Florida, Police Department in 1974.

During his tenure with the FHP, Mr. Czernis served on a number of commissions, boards, and committees focused on public safety. He served as a commissioner on the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, as a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board, as the law enforcement representative on the International Board of Directors for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and as a member of the Florida Governor’s Drug Policy Advisory Board. Mr. Czernis is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, State and Provincial Division, and is a past member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association. He also served as an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

Mr. Czernis holds a master of public administration degree from Florida State University and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Rollins College. He attended the Sixth Session of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and is a 2005 graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Institute Chief Executive Seminar. Mr. Czernis has attended numerous other specialized training courses related to law enforcement and leadership



Meena Harris

Meena Harris
Executive Vice President

Biography



Meena Harris is the Executive Vice President of Gang Programs with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and is the Director of the National Gang Center (NGC). She currently supervises the Gang Programs Group, which includes the NGC—operated for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—and the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program, for which IIR provides administrative and logistical support. Since 2012, Ms. Harris has been involved in all major tasks of the NGC, including the development of improved data-collection and analysis strategies, execution of National Youth Gang Surveys, review of gang literature, analysis of gang-related legislation, identification of promising gang program strategies, and provision of technical assistance and training.

Prior to joining IIR, Ms. Harris served as the Gang and Prevention Programs Coordinator for the Florida Office of the Attorney General (OAG), where she coordinated the Florida Gang Reduction Strategy. In this capacity, she was responsible for organizing seven regional gang reduction task forces, designing and compiling four annual OAG Statewide Gang Survey Reports, providing task force coordination and multiagency project management, and providing training for the Florida Crime Prevention Institute on the topic of Gang Violence and Victimization. Ms. Harris also has experience in survey design and implementation, program evaluation, safe schools climate consulting, curriculum revision, and state and federally funded program monitoring.

Ms. Harris currently serves as an executive member of the West Central Florida Gang Task Force hosted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She has previously held council-member positions with the State of Florida Youth Survey Workgroup, the State of Florida Epidemiological Workgroup, and the Florida Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory Council.

She holds a master of arts degree in sociology from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts degree from George Mason University in Virginia



Gina Hartsfield

Gina Hartsfield
Executive Vice President

Biography



Gina Hartsfield is the Executive Vice President for Administration and Special Projects with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). In this capacity, she oversees and directs the development, coordination, and delivery of national training and technical assistance programs designed for criminal justice personnel. Ms. Hartsfield provides oversight for the project entitled “Community Policing Best Practices in a New Economy” for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office.

Ms. Hartsfield is integrally involved in needs assessment and strategic planning, management and policy issues, training and technical assistance delivery oversight, and multimedia distance-learning design. For more than 20 years, she has been involved in instructional design, curriculum development, and classroom and online training delivery services for the criminal justice field. Ms. Hartsfield possesses extensive experience in coordinating a wide range of technical assistance initiatives for state, local, and tribal criminal justice entities. She serves as a liaison with the Bureau of Justice Assistance program office, directing the activities of the training and technical assistance programs and overseeing new initiatives.

Ms. Hartsfield provides oversight for the Homicide Assessment Services and Homicide Investigation Management Training. Programs under her management include the Law Enforcement Forecasting Group (LEFG), the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program, the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Analytic Training Program, the Privacy 101 Training and Technical Assistance Program, the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Anti-Gang Training Program, the Major Case Investigative Teams Training and Technical Assistance Program, and many others.

Previously, Ms. Hartsfield was a member of the team coordinating training and technical assistance for the Methamphetamine Investigations Training on Tribal Lands, the Grants Management and Programmatic Training Program, and the Project Development and Implementation Training Program. Ms. Hartsfield served on the team providing project coordination and operational performance assessment services to the Organized Crime Narcotics Trafficking Enforcement Program and the Financial Investigations Program. She also served as a member of the team providing support and services to the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program.

Prior to joining IIR in 1986, Ms. Hartsfield served as a research and development assistant with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In this capacity, she was involved in research efforts to support the department’s enforcement operations. Ms. Hartsfield holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Florida State University



Clay Jester

R. Clay Jester
Senior Vice President

Biography



Clay Jester is Senior Vice President and the Information Technology Director with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). Most recently, he was in involved with the design and implementation of a project to facilitate the exchange of suspicious activity reporting (SAR) information whereby information can be shared to help detect and prevent terrorism-related criminal activity. Previously, he was responsible for the development and implementation effort for the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR)—subsequently renamed the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW). Mr. Jester provides program oversight for all technology-related applications. He is also responsible for managing the data systems activities of IIR. In this capacity, he develops and implements database management systems to support IIR’s role in the activities of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, Project Development and Implementation Training Program, Information Technology Support to the RISS Centers, Center for Task Force Training Program, National White Collar Crime Center, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (28 CFR Part 23) Technical Assistance and Training Program, and NSOPW, all of which are funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), as well as the National Gang Center, funded by BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Additionally, he provides technical expertise to these projects regarding acquisition and use of microcomputer hardware and software. He is also responsible for the technical support of IIR’s video operations and multimedia applications.

Mr. Jester has developed and implemented various internal management information systems for IIR, including the implementation and support of an electronic communications system among IIR’s Florida, Georgia, Missouri, California, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Texas, and Arizona offices. He is responsible for identification, installation, configuration, and support of the components needed to facilitate resource availability for IIR and its clients. Additionally, he has coordinated the acquisition and implementation of the technology required to create multimedia applications delivered to IIR’s clients on optical media. Mr. Jester coordinated the identification, evaluation, acquisition, and installation of the components required to implement the RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET). He has coordinated with computer security professionals to establish the integrity and protection of RISSNET system resources. He coordinated the design and implementation of all hardware, software, and communications required for the creation of NSOPR. Mr. Jester headed development of several specialized software applications produced by IIR for use by law enforcement.

Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Jester worked as a consultant for the Florida State University (FSU) computing center, during which time he was involved in establishing a microcomputer sales plan. In this capacity, he was responsible for assessing client requirements involving microcomputer software, hardware, and communications and recommending appropriate direction to deliver solution-oriented responses, as well as researching and evaluating new hardware and software product developments for potential implementation in governmental and private sector applications.

While attending FSU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, Mr. Jester was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Fraternity.



Bruce Buckley

Bruce Buckley
Vice President and General Counsel

Biography



Bruce Buckley is a Vice President and General Counsel with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). Mr. Buckley has participated in the performance management assessment and operations analysis activities for various IIR projects, including the National White Collar Crime Center project. Mr. Buckley is also a member of the team providing technical support to the National Gang Center, a collaboration funded by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), as well as the team supporting the Regional Information Sharing Systems.

Other IIR projects that Mr. Buckley has been involved in include the BJA Criminal Alien Identification and Intervention Program, the BJA Organized Crime Narcotics Trafficking Enforcement Program, the BJA Financial Investigations Program, and the U.S. Department of Justice Statewide Drug Prosecution Program.

Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Buckley served as justice planning coordinator with the Bureau of Criminal Justice Assistance, state of Florida, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, rising to the rank of special agent supervisor.

Mr. Buckley is a graduate of Florida State University with a juris doctorate degree from the College of Law and a bachelor of science degree in business administration.



Mary Jo Dodd

Mary Jo Dodd
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Biography



Mary Jo Dodd is a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR).

Prior to joining IIR, Ms. Dodd was an audit manager at Law, Redd, Crona & Munroe, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida, and at Suttle & Stalnaker, P.A., in Charleston, West Virginia. She provided accounting, auditing, and consulting services to state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to managing financial, compliance, and single audits, her consulting services included evaluating and designing accounting and internal control systems, writing procedural manuals, reviewing and designing cost-allocation plans, performing financial monitoring of various federal grant programs, and other consulting services.

Ms. Dodd also served as the finance manager and acting executive director for the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority (licensee for three public television stations and numerous public radio stations) in Charleston, West Virginia, and as an accountant with the West Virginia Department of Health.

Ms. Dodd is a certified public accountant with an active license in Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ms. Dodd holds a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in accounting from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.



Rick Gregory

Rick Gregory
Vice President

Biography



Rick Gregory is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). In this capacity, he oversees the Training and Information Sharing departments within the company. Mr. Gregory is responsible for directing the development, coordination, and delivery of numerous national training and technical assistance programs designed for criminal justice personnel, as well as providing oversight to the groups that support the criminal justice community with critical information sharing efforts while ensuring the protection of citizens’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

Some of the programs and projects under Mr. Gregory’s management include the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program, the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), the Methamphetamine Technical Assistance Program, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Privacy Guidelines Implementation Support Project, the Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program and Services, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) project, the National Juvenile Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance project, the Building Communities of Trust project, and other related initiatives.

Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Gregory served as the Director of the Special Investigations Department within the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, providing leadership of 123 investigators/employees responsible for preventing, detecting, and investigating all aspects of worker’s compensation fraud. Mr. Gregory also served as the Chief of Police of the Provo, Utah, Police Department, where he provided leadership to 159 employees, in a community of over 123,000 citizens. During his tenure as chief, Mr. Gregory completed an agency-wide assessment and instituted a number of internal reforms, including a department-wide community-based policing philosophy and operational program leading to a 13 percent reduction in overall crime the first year. In addition, Mr. Gregory held the positions of Chief of Police, Public Safety Director, and Chief Administrative Officer (County Administrator) for New Castle County, Delaware. As the police chief, he provided leadership to over 500 employees policing more than 500,000 citizens. He successfully led the transformation of the department and the implementation of several organizational changes following a tumultuous time in the department/government before his appointment. He guided the department’s rebuilding of community-police partnerships and the overall community policing model.

Mr. Gregory joined the Florida Highway Patrol in 1984 and rose through the ranks, serving in various positions, including trooper, first-line supervisor, public information officer, assistant chief of training, troop commander, and bureau chief, and was appointed to deputy director in 2002.

Mr. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, 219th Session; the Florida Criminal Justice Institute’s Chief Executive Seminar and the Senior Leadership Program; and numerous other executive-level leadership/operational training programs.



Dick Marquise

Dick Marquise
Vice President

Biography



Richard Marquise is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He was appointed as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program in September 2010, after serving as an instructor for the program since 2002. Before joining IIR, Mr. Marquise was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 31 years. During his last 3½ years with the FBI, he was the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Division.

Mr. Marquise’s expertise is in the fields of counterterrorism and crisis management as an investigator and a manager. During the late 1980s, he was chief of the Terrorist Research and Analytical Center (TRAC) at FBI Headquarters. He also led a Middle-Eastern terrorism unit that managed FBI investigations worldwide.

Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, Mr. Marquise was named to lead the American Task Force. He led the task force through the indictments in 1991 and continued to play an active role through the trial’s successful resolution in 2001.



Michelle Nickens

Michelle Nickens
Vice President

Biography



Michelle Nickens is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). She is currently assigned as the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program manager. IIR provides research, technical assistance, and support to the six RISS Centers. Ms. Nickens assists in policy development, performance and program management, research and planning, and meeting preparation and coordination and provides support and assistance to the RISS Directors, and the RISS technology staff. Prior to her position as the RISS manager, Ms. Nickens was assigned to the Information Sharing Group and supported the efforts of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) and the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council. She played a major role in the development of the Fusion Center Guidelines and other Global products. While at IIR, Ms. Nickens has also supported the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website, and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

Prior to joining IIR, Ms. Nickens worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for more than eight years. Her first position was as an operations and management consultant supervising the Criminal History Accounting section, which was responsible for receiving and processing more than $24 million annually in fees related to fingerprint card submissions. Ms. Nickens also worked as a management review specialist and senior management analyst in the Investigations and Forensic Science Program, where her primary responsibilities included developing and implementing policy, supporting domestic security initiatives, strategic planning, creating and monitoring performance measures, reviewing budget and resource allocations, and acting as project leader on numerous projects. Ms. Nickens served as part of the team that drafted the Florida Domestic Security Plan after 9/11. Her last position with FDLE was as a policy and systems administrator. In this capacity, she supervised and managed the aforementioned activities as well as the Florida Analyst Academy, investigative systems, and departmental accreditation. Ms. Nickens worked with FDLE leadership, including the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, on a regular basis and assisted with numerous requests from the Florida legislature and the Governor’s Office. She received the Ritchie Grant Values Award at FDLE in 1997 and was honored with a Program and Department Award for Performance in both 1999 and 2000.

In 2006, Ms. Nickens was honored with the IIR Chairman’s Award. Ms. Nickens holds a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University.



Richard H. Ward III

Richard H. Ward III
Vice President

Biography



Richard Ward is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He is a member of the team assisting the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in implementing the ISE Privacy Guidelines across federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector. In this capacity, he serves as the project manager and oversees the daily direction and coordination of the project.

Prior to joining IIR in 2003, Mr. Ward held various positions within the U.S. Department of Justice. In his most recent position, he held the title of Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). His primary focus in that capacity was the design and development of BJA’s Information Technology Initiative, involving the integration and coordination of multiple federal, state, and local information sharing systems containing classified, law enforcement sensitive, and open source information into a comprehensive single sign-on and interfaced communications system. He also effectively handled the operations of the nation’s largest criminal justice funding agency, including the development and implementation of over 6,000 discretionary, formula, and block grant programs with a $2 billion annual appropriation. In February 2000, Mr. Ward was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, overseeing the agency’s law enforcement, corrections, and information technology functions. He held this position until January 2001, at which time Mr. Ward was appointed Acting Director of BJA by President George W. Bush. He successfully handled the oversight and management of the agency’s transition to the Bush Administration, completing this assignment in October 2001.

Mr. Ward began his federal employment in BJA’s predecessor organization, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), in 1972 and subsequently served in a variety of capacities in the formula and discretionary program areas. Mr. Ward also served as a state representative to the Pacific Trust Territories and Guam while stationed in the San Francisco Regional Office of LEAA, and the states of Oregon, Washington, and Nevada during the transitional days of recentralizing LEAA. In 1978, Mr. Ward joined the Law Enforcement Division of LEAA as the Organized Crime Program Manager. In 1987, he assumed the responsibility as Chief of the Law Enforcement Branch, Discretionary Grants Program Division. In July 1993, Mr. Ward was promoted to the position of Director, Discretionary Grants Program Division, and, in 1994, assumed the position of Deputy Director, BJA. Mr. Ward also served for a number of years as a hearing officer for the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program. Mr. Ward was appointed to the government’s Senior Executive Service in 1994.

Among the many honors received throughout his career was the Assistant Attorney General's Award in 1991 and the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award in 1994. In 2004, Mr. Ward was invited to become a principal in the Council for Excellence in Government, a public/private partnership organization designed to improve the effectiveness of federal, state, and local government.

Mr. Ward’s education at Skyline College, Pacifica, California; the University of Maryland, College Park; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, focused primarily on criminal justice, economics, and accounting.



Brian T. Williams

Brian T. Williams
Vice President

Biography



Brian Williams is a Vice President and the Multimedia Manager with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He performs a major technical role in the direction of multimedia productions and training applications for all IIR programs. He is responsible for all aspects of multimedia production—video, CD, DVD, and PowerPoint production—including initial planning, preproduction, scriptwriting, production, postproduction, authoring, and duplication.

Mr. Williams provides research and multimedia production services to the Center for Task Force Training Program, the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, the Project Development and Implementation Training Program, the Information Technology Support to the RISS Program, the Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies (28 CFR Part 23) Technical Assistance and Training Program, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System Program, the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange Project, and the National Gang Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. He coordinates multimedia applications addressing the specific areas of multiagency response and operational training needs.

Previously, Mr. Williams’ responsibilities included data compilation and analysis, technical editing, data and research development, and report preparation to support IIR’s role in the RISS Program, the New England Organized Crime Strike Force, and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Major White Collar Crime Program. Mr. Williams was also responsible for development and implementation of IIR’s research library cataloging system.

From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Williams served in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement officer, attaining the rank of sergeant. In this capacity, Mr. Williams was involved in supervising personnel, maintaining security of an overseas (Belgium) nuclear weapons base, investigating incidents and complaints concerning base security, apprehending and restraining suspected felons, and enforcing standards of conduct and military law.

Mr. Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in communication from Florida State University.

 

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