The new president of Houston’s independent crime lab has been named.
Dr. Daniel Garner will serve as president and CEO of the Houston Forensic Science Center LGC, Inc.
The Houston Forensic Science LGC, Inc. was established by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council as an independent city-chartered organization to assume the operations of the current Houston Police Department Forensic Division.
Mayor Parker and Houston Forensic Science Board Chair Scott Hochberg made the announcement after Wednesday's weekly City Council meeting.
The Mayor's Office said Dr. Garner brings a distinguished career of leading, building and improving forensic laboratories in both government and commercial environments.
Below are Dr. Garner's accolades, courtesy of the Mayor's Office:
"Dr. Garner most recently led the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to improve forensic science activities in foreign countries. His work took him to more than thirty countries on five continents, where he conducted assessments of forensic laboratories, developed plans to improve their capabilities, and managed implementation of those plans.
"Prior to his international work, Dr. Garner served as President of Cellmark Diagnostics, Inc., a leading commercial provider of DNA analysis services. Under Dr. Garner's leadership, Cellmark's lab became the first commercial laboratory to achieve accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD-LAB), while at the same time reducing turnaround times and operational costs.
"Before his years at Cellmark, Dr. Garner managed the forensic laboratory for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, where he similarly led their efforts to become the first federal laboratory to earn ASCLD-LAB accreditation."