Thursday, May 01, 2008


New Director Brings Vast Array of Experience to Commonwealth Post:

BOSTON – Thursday, May 1, 2008 – Governor Deval Patrick announced today he has appointed Curtis M. Wood as the new Executive Director of the Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB).

“Curtis Wood joins my administration with 33 years of practical experience in public safety operations and criminal justice policy management,” said Governor Patrick. “His credentials and his experience will serve the Commonwealth well.”

Wood had served as CHSB’s Deputy Executive Director since 2002, overseeing Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) services, the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and the daily operation of the agency.

“Mr. Wood understands the important nexus of public safety and information sharing,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Kevin M. Burke. “We’re privileged to have and keep someone of his caliber for such a vitally important position.”

During his professional career, Wood has been the commanding officer of the Department of Correction (DOC) Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Governor’s Warrant Task Force, the DOC Director of Information Resources and the Director of a private public safety consulting practice.

In his new role, Wood has management control over the Commonwealth’s law enforcement data communications network and 24 hours data center which is currently, among other things, developing a statewide system to provide information on gangs and individual gang members.

Wood, a Winthrop resident, will manage a $6.3 million annual operational budget, multi-million dollar information technology projects, a diverse work staff, represent the agency and its business agenda throughout the Commonwealth and nation.

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