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McGrath Appoints Seven to Crime Lab Advisory Council

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath recently appointed seven new members to the advisory committee that oversees the state’s crime lab.

McGrath said the council represents the legal and law enforcement communities that work closely with the crime lab’s staff on a day-to-day basis.

Appointed to the Montana Laboratory of Criminalistics Advisory Council were:

Ross Adams, Billings Police Department
Jim DuPont, Flathead County Sheriff
Randi Hood, Chief Public Defender, Helena
Sam McCormack, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff
Dennis Paxinos, Yellowstone County Attorney
Mark Tymrak, Bozeman Chief of Police
Fred Van Valkenburg, Missoula County Attorney

“We want to take advantage of their experience as users of the system in an effort to help us serve the state more effectively,” McGrath said.

Specifically, McGrath said he hopes to address the backlog of cases caused by the processing of complex evidence related to methamphetamine labs.

“Ultimately my goal is to develop better methods of communication between the lab and the agencies that use its services,” he said.

The council will have its first meeting at noon on Monday, June 25, in Missoula at the crime lab, 2679 Palmer. McGrath said he expects the council to meet two or three times a year.

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