SACRAMENTO - As the newest director to join the Association of Criminalists, Department of Justice (AC-DOJ) Board of Directors, DOJ Latent Print Analyst Julie Smith brings years of experience as a labor association board member.
"I was vice president of my association board and on the contract negotiating team at the Modesto Police Department," said Smith. "I was acting treasurer for a couple years as well. Sadly, most of that fell during bad economic times and my association saw furloughs, layoffs and massive cuts in benefits, but we were able to keep the lines of communication open, which I believe did help our members get through some of the tough times."
Smith has a master's degree in forensic science and joined DOJ last spring as a Latent Print Analyst in Sacramento. Prior to DOJ, Smith worked as a crime investigator/fingerprint analyst for both the Modesto and Concord Police Departments.
"As our brand new board member, Julie represents Special Sections, which consists of Latent Print Analysts and Questioned Document Examiners," said AC-DOJ President and California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Director John Miller. "I thank Julie for volunteering her time and talents to represent the folks in these job classifications."
"As the Special Sections rep for AC-DOJ, I hope to keep members up to date on new legislation and contract issues," said Smith. "I hope to be someone the members feel they can approach if they have questions or concerns regarding the job."
Smith, the wife of a Stockton police officer and mother of a soon-to-be two year old, is looking forward to moving to Lodi with her family in the coming months. She and her husband enjoy travelling, cooking and brewing beer. Smith's personal hobbies including reading, photography and running with her dog, Sadie.
"Julie Smith's addition to the AC-DOJ board is a plus for our entire organization," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Our members who take an active role in our affiliate associations, not only have a vested interest in their careers and where their careers take them, they truly care about their colleagues and what the future holds for them. Thank you, Julie, for taking on this new role."