In 2016, Tennessee legislators approached the Law Enforcement Innovation Center to help college investigators of sexual assault. LEIC already provides training to law enforcement investigating domestic violence and sexual assaults; legislators wanted to modify that curriculum to help college investigators.
“Many campus sexual assault victims do not wish to pursue a criminal charge against the perpetrator for a variety of reasons but do report to the campus looking for an administrative remedy,” LEIC Executive Director Don Green says. “These victims wish to find some type of closure to their assault, but in many cases that result is not forthcoming. Victims desperately want to find resolution to their complaints.”
Three training programs were held in 2017 at UT Martin, UT Chattanooga and at the IPS office in Knoxville.
IPS Names New MTAS Executive Director
The Institute for Public Service named Margaret Norris executive director of its Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).
“She has a strong background in working with and serving the needs of Tennessee cities. I am confident in her abilities to lead MTAS and promote the services of the agency across the state,” IPS Vice President Herb Byrd III says.
Norris received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from UT Knoxville and a master’s in public administration from UT Chattanooga. She’s held the city manager’s position in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, and was a finance director for the city of Lumberton, North Carolina. For the past 16 years, she’s served as a municipal government consultant for the East Tennessee region.
IPS Registers $1.6 Billion Impact
The Institute for Public Service (IPS)—which reaches out to government, business and communities—provided assistance in fiscal year 2017 that led to more than $1.6 billion in economic impact for Tennessee.
Through its five agencies, which provide training and technical consulting to state and local governments, businesses and law enforcement, IPS answered close to 30,000 requests for assistance in the last fiscal year. IPS agencies also trained more than 18,600 customers from 92 of Tennessee’s 95 counties in everything from crime-scene investigation to county and municipal government operations.