Gov. Heineman Names Fisher Director Of Crime Commission

(Lincoln, Neb.) - Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced the appointment of Darrell E. Fisher of Lincoln as Nebraska's Executive Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, commonly referred to as the Nebraska Crime Commission.

"I very much appreciate the Governor's confidence in my experience and abilities," said Fisher. "I will work diligently to ensure that confidence. I am anxious to begin this new challenge."

Fisher, 57, originally from Arapahoe, comes to the Crime Commission having dedicated his career to law enforcement. He retired from the Nebraska State Patrol as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008, having served 29 years.

Since his retirement from the State Patrol, he has served as an instructor at the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, as adjunct faculty at the Institute of Police Technology and Management – University of North Florida, and as an Impaired Driving Assessor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

He was also the Executive Director at the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, Inc. from 2009 to 2011.

Fisher was inducted into the Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in October 2008. He is a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nebraska Police Officers Association, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He was awarded a DRE Emeritus in 2012 for outstanding contributions to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, a highway safety program which trains police officers to recognize drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Fisher has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He is currently working on his master's degree in Military History through the American Military University.

Through the guidance of a 19-member board comprised of a representative group of criminal and juvenile justice professionals, the Crime Commission serves in a leadership role by providing expertise, technical assistance, training, financial aid, enforcement of mandatory jail standards and regulations, as well as research, evaluation, statistical services and informational resources to criminal and juvenile justice programs statewide.

Fisher will become the Executive Director on January 2, 2014, when the current Executive Director, Michael Behm, is set to retire. His salary is $85,000 a year.

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