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Mayor Parker recommends board for crime lab overseer

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Mayor Annise Parker has recommended a nine-member board of directors for the proposed Houston Forensic Science Local Government Corporation.

When it's created, the HFSLGC will oversee the operation of an independent crime lab.  In a press statement, Parker hopes that lab provides accurate and timely analysis of evidence and other related-services.

Parker is proposing the following people head that nine-member board:

-- The Honorable Scott Hochberg, Texas House of Representatives, District 137 (The mayor is recommending Representative Hochberg for chair of the board.)
-- Enrique V. Barrera, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University
-- Willie E. B. Blackmon, retired, Judge Advocate, United State Air Force
-- Nicole B. Casarez, Professor, Communication Department, University of St. Thomas
-- Donna Fujimoto Cole, Founder, Cole Chemical and Distributing, Inc.
-- Art Contreras, retired United States Marshal, Southern District of Texas
-- Marcia Johnson, Professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
-- Catherine Lamboley, retired, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Shell Oil Company
-- Sandra Guerra Thompson, Professor, University of HoustonLawCenter

In her statement, Parker wrote:

"The people I have selected have varied backgrounds in science, law enforcement, public policy, business and defense of the accused.

"Their perspective will be invaluable as we proceed forward toward my goal of a crime lab that is truly independent from law enforcement, prosecutors and political influence.  I said we would get this done during my second term in office and we remain on track to meet that timeline."

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