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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Appoints David Matthews Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Wisconsin Department of Justice


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce the appointment of David Matthews of Fitchburg to the position of Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Matthews, who most recently served as Deputy Administrator of DCI since May 2011, will assume his position October 27, 2012.


“Dave Matthews has an impressive and proven track record in public safety,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “I am confident his experience, his sound judgment and expertise, and importantly, his passion for the work and the people of the Division of Criminal Investigation will be of tremendous value to the people of Wisconsin and those who serve in law enforcement statewide.”


“I thank the Attorney General for the opportunity to lead the outstanding team of professionals in DCI and look forward to working with our law enforcement partners throughout the state,” Administrator Matthews said.


A law enforcement veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Matthews furthered his management skills in August of this year by completing the highly selective Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, CA. Prior to serving as DCI’s Deputy Administrator, Matthews served as the DCI’s Director of Operations for the Western Region.


Matthews began his career at the DOJ in 1988 as a Special Agent specializing in narcotics investigation before becoming a Special Agent in Charge in 1994. Matthews then transitioned to the DCI’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force as a Special Agent and Computer Forensic Examiner. A former trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol, Matthews also is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Community College of the Air Force.


The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) investigates crimes that are statewide in nature or importance, often working closely with or assisting local law enforcement. As administrator, Matthews will oversee within the DCI the Division’s Eastern and Western Regions (which include field offices), the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Special Operations Bureau, which includes the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program and Task Force, the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center (WSIC, which is the state’s intelligence fusion center), Homeland Security, Technical Services, Amber Alert, Wisconsin Center For Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, the Computer and Digital Forensic Sections, Gaming, Training and Standards, the DCI Tactical Team, Internal Affairs and the Public and Criminal Records sections.


Matthews replaces Ed Wall, who held the position since April of 2010. Matthews will serve as administrator at an approximate salary of $104,225 per year.