Develops statewide policies and procedures for the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Program (e.g., laboratory inspections, permitting process of laboratory personnel that test for alcohol &/or drugs in bodily substances for use in evidential proceedings, testing the quality of the alcohol calibration solutions submitted by manufacturers to be used in evidential breath testing instruments); attends meetings, responds to public inquiry & reports budgetary needs of alcohol and drug testing to bureau chief and oversees strategic planning and policy analysis in the development of the program’s goals and objectives; assists in the development of program goals and objectives and recommends procedures (e.g., compliance with subpoena requests, processing public records requests). Conducts testing on instrument check solutions provided by manufacturers and as instructed, conducts testing on evidence (e.g., blood or other body fluids or tissues, poisons, alcohol, drugs, narcotics) provided by law enforcement officers & agencies in areas of analytical expertise (e.g. chemicals and biological fluid for drugs and alcohol). Approves the development of technical protocols, policies, procedures and performance standards for alcohol testing solutions and testing and approving equipment for the BAT program. Drafts and/or proposes revisions to sections of the Ohio Administrative Code (e.g., 3701-53) as the rules pertain to the testing and approval of equipment and solution, and permitting of law enforcement and laboratory personnel as their duties relate to alcohol and drug testing. Testifies on behalf of the director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding compliance of Ohio Administrative Code 3701-53-01 through 10 and Ohio Revised Code 3701.143 and 4511.19. Develops conclusions & formulates opinions based on sound forensic, scientific analytical processes; prepares reports for use by law enforcement personnel & courts of law, confers with police, prosecutors & courts; testifies in court concerning analyses performed.
Devises implements & conducts training programs for other employees & law enforcement officials on laboratory & criminal investigation topics (e.g., collection & preservation of chemical-type evidence, lab services, proper interpretation of lab reports); gives lectures to community groups and coordinates special projects. Coordinates information relative to forensic performance testing programs. Prepares and reviews program summary reports. Responds to inquiries and complaints relative to the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Program. Attends various local, regional and national meetings and conferences pertaining to Forensic Science and Alcohol and Drug Testing. Researches & interprets literature on criminal laboratory analytical methods; keeps current on techniques & trends; researches & develops new analytical methods. Assists with planning the program budget and expenditures; manages multiple funding sources (e.g., state line item, GRF, fees, contract, federal grants). Prepares, recommends, and justifies budget requests for funds, personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary for daily operations of the BAT program; directs fiscal control (e.g., purchasing, contracts, budget monitoring); coordinates all grant activities within BAT and works with the Grants Administration Process to ensure compliance; responsible for BAT purchasing activities.
Responds to and/or writes correspondence, reports, records, requests for information, and analysis assessments (e.g., responds to expert testimony requests from law enforcement officers and prosecutors in regards to rules 3701-53 and application portions of 3701.143 and 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code, assists with seminars educating judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers in the field of alcohol testing, represents the department, division and program in court as needed in the field of alcohol testing) as required. Reviews and comments on proposed federal and state legislation affecting the operation of the program. Evaluates effectiveness of program in meeting established goals and objectives.
As assigned, acts as a departmental liaison to local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit agencies, and professional associations, the media and legislative bodies; represents the agency as a member of various state and national committees and consortia. Prepares and delivers speeches. Testifies at legislative or other public hearings as necessary. Advises bureau chief of various issues or problems relating to the area of alcohol & drug testing and recommends course of action. As assigned, serves as a member of a disaster recovery/business resumption team, incident response team, or similar public health response team which may include the conduct of operations on a 24/7 basis at remote locations.