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State Crime Lab Leadership

Byrd,-John-A-(Painted)-(2).JPG State Crime Laboratory Director John Byrd is a graduate of Campbell University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He also studied at the U.S. Army War College where he received a master’s degree in strategic studies.

He has 20 years of experience at the Crime Lab where he previously worked as a forensic science manager.  Byrd has experience in forensic biology (DNA analysis and DNA Database), latent evidence (fingerprint, palm print, shoe and tire track analysis), and digital evidence (computers, cell phones, audio, and video analysis). 
 
In addition to his work at the Crime Lab, Byrd is an Army Brigadier General in the North Carolina National Guard.  He currently serves as Assistant Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard. 

Byrd was appointed Crime Laboratory Director in 2014.

 

Laboratory Assistant Director for Administrative Operations Amanda Thompson graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and a minor in Genetics in 1998.

Amanda began her career with the State Crime Laboratory in 2000 as a DNA Database Analyst in the Forensic Biology Section. She was promoted to a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist position in 2001 and was qualified in the disciplines of Forensic Serology and Forensic DNA analysis. She was promoted to Forensic Scientist Supervisor within the Forensic Biology Section in 2006 and to Forensic Scientist Manager of the DNA Database Section in 2013.  Amanda obtained her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma in 2014, completed the ASCLD Leadership Academy in 2015 and is a member of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists and ASCLD. She was promoted to her current position as Assistant Director for Administrative Operations in 2016.

 

 
Laboratory Assistant Director for Technical Operations Pete Ware earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Glenville State College in 1985.

Pete began his career with the State Crime Laboratory in 1989 as a Special Agent/ Forensic Analyst I in the Firearm and Tool Mark Section. He was promoted to Special Agent/ Forensic Analyst II in 1994. In 2002, he was promoted as the Special Agent in Charge/ Forensic Scientist Manager for the Firearm and Tool Mark Section. Pete completed the NC Public Manager Program and became a Certified Public Manager in 2006. He was promoted in 2015 to his current position as Assistant Director for Technical Operations.

 


 

Laboratory Deputy Assistant Director for Forensic Advantage Jonathan Dilday earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jon serves as the Manager of the Laboratory’s information management system, Forensic Advantage.   He joined  the State Crime Laboratory in 1994 and was assigned to the Trace Evidence Section as a hair and fiber examiner.  Jon became a Computer Forensic Examiner in 2001.  He served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Documents and Digital Evidence Section of the Crime Laboratory from 2006 until his appointment as a Deputy Assistant Director in 2011.