An advisory panel for the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory would include representatives from the District Attorney and Sheriff’s offices, the Rochester Police Department and the county’s Law Enforcement Council, County Executive Maggie Brooks said.
The news comes in response to criticism of the crime lab by a state agency. Brooks on Tuesday fired crime lab administrator Janet Anderson-Seaquist following the release of a report by the New York State Office of the Inspector General citing improper and irresponsible practices by management at the laboratory.
The county has proposed a policy that crime lab “reports will not contain any legal determinations without consulting legal counsel,” Brooks said in her response.
It also has proposed a policy amendment requiring the designation of a liaison to law enforcement agencies and the attendance of a lab representative at all Law Enforcement Council meetings.
Anderson-Seaquist, on paid leave since May 25, had been chief of the crime lab since January 2010. She previously worked for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory in California, and for the city of Phoenix Crime Laboratory in Arizona before that.
John Clark, supervisor of the crime lab’s firearms section, has been named acting administrator.
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