CFO Alex Sink's Consumer eViews Newsletter

      Volume 5  Number 40  October 3, 2008

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CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST LEIGH CLARK IS 2007 FDLE FORENSIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR

FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark, in recognition of her devotion to duty, many accomplishments and exemplary service, was honored as the 2007 FDLE Forensic Scientist of the Year for her extraordinary contributions to the protection of the citizens and visitors of the State of Florida.

FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark volunteered to be the principal instructor of four Crime Lab Analyst Trainees and four Forensic Technologists and the new Biology/DNA section is now handling a large caseload which has assisted in cutting the state’s DNA backlog. The quality and comprehensiveness of the training provided to the Ft. Myers Regional Laboratory Biology/DNA section members was noted by inspectors as part of the accreditation of the lab, thanks to Leigh Clark.

R E S O L U T I O N

WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature established the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and charged the agency with responsibility for preventing crimes, investigating violations of the criminal laws of the state, and assisting local law enforcement agencies in solving crimes; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark joined FDLE’s Jacksonville Regional Crime Laboratory in August, 2002, as a Forensic Technologist, left the Department for a short time to work on the President’s DNA Initiative, returned in May, 2005, as a Crime Laboratory Analyst Trainee and was subsequently promoted to a Crime Laboratory Analyst in February, 2006; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark has earned a reputation among her peers, supervisors, and colleagues for her professionalism, teamwork, knowledge, and expertise; and

WHEREAS, FDLE planned to open a Biology/DNA section in the Ft. Myers Regional Crime Laboratory in 2008, which required training of members, building renovations, and purchase and delivery of equipment; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark volunteered to temporarily relocate from Jacksonville to Ft. Myers to be the principal instructor of four Crime Lab Analyst Trainees and four Forensic Technologists and was subsequently named Acting Crime Lab Analyst Supervisor of the unit; and

WHEREAS, the new Biology/DNA section began releasing Serology cases less than two months and DNA less than six months after members reported, respectively, and is now handling a large caseload which has assisted in cutting the state’s DNA backlog; and

WHEREAS, the quality and comprehensiveness of the training provided to the Ft. Myers Regional Laboratory Biology/DNA section members was noted by inspectors as part of the accreditation of the lab; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark continued to manage her Biology/DNA casework in the Jacksonville Regional Crime Laboratory, requiring her to travel for court appearances and perform additional testing; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark has consistently demonstrated her commitment to FDLE's values of Service, Integrity, Respect and Quality through her actions; and

WHEREAS, FDLE Crime Laboratory Analyst Leigh Clark, in recognition of her devotion to duty, many accomplishments and exemplary service, was honored by FDLE as the 2007 FDLE Forensic Scientist of the Year.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize and commend

CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST LEIGH CLARK
2007 FDLE FORENSIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR

for her extraordinary contributions to the protection of the citizens and visitors of the State of Florida.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee this 30th day of September, 2008.

CHARLIE CRIST,  GOVERNOR
BILL MCCOLLUM, ATTORNEY GENERAL
ALEX SINK, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHARLES H. BRONSON, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE