Vermont SAC Moves to New Agency; Welcomes New Directors
In November 2014, an Executive Order was signed moving the Vermont Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) to the Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS). While DPS will administer the SAC grant, the agency is contracting with the Crime Research Group (CRG), a newly formed nonprofit criminal and juvenile justice research center, which will serve as the research partner for DPS. CRG is staffed by researchers from Vermont's previous SAC, and continues to work on several of the same projects.
The official SAC Director is Francis (Paco) X. Aumand III, the DPS Deputy Commissioner. As Deputy Commissioner, he serves as Chief Information Officer and has operational responsibilities for the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, the Vermont Criminal Information Center, Radio Technology Services, and the Office of Technology Management. He also provides policy guidance for the entire department in the areas of science, technology, and information. Prior to working for the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Aumand was employed as Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, and served with the Bellows Falls Vermont Police Department for 14 years, the last seven as Chief of Police. Mr. Aumand serves on several national committees and organizations that focus on developing justice information systems and improving the quality of individual identifying records. These committees focus heavily on privacy rights and confidentiality of personal identifying information contained in databases. He holds a Master of Science in administration from St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT.
Karen Gennette, Executive Director of the Crime Research Group, will serve as the main point of contact for the SAC. She has spent the last 20 years working to improve community safety outcomes at the local and state levels. Ms. Gennette convenes the Tri-Branch Task Force, a high-level group of policy executives working to create an evidence-based criminal justice system. She is also a member of the Governor's Cabinet on Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice. For the last 10 years, she worked for the Vermont Judiciary developing alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system and providing information and training opportunities on evidence-based sentencing, program development, and evaluation, as well as collaborating with other justice partners and obtaining funding for evidence-based programs.