UT is represented by faculty and staff in all 95 Tennessee counties.Lewisburg is the county seat of Marshall County, where the sheriff’s department recently purchased an automated electronic fingerprint system with help from the UT County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS). The fingerprint system, or AFIS, makes quick work of identifying people, but it costs more than most counties can afford. Doug Bodary, CTAS field consultant for Middle Tennessee, and Terry Hazard, statewide CTAS criminal justice consultant, helped Marshall County request competitive bids for the equipment.
Because they knew other counties also needed the equipment, Bodary and Hazard included an option in the bid requests that allowed more counties to purchase the equipment and save money. Hazard and Bodary also coordinated with the state to enhance and standardize a grant that paid 75 percent of the cost. In the 2011 fiscal year, CTAS answered more than 16,000 requests for assistance statewide.
Doug joined CTAS in 2006 after working in the county audit division of the State Comptroller’s Office. A licensed certified public accountant, Bodary is based in Murfreesboro.
Terry has worked for CTAS since 2000. A former chief deputy with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Hazard also worked in the state Office of Criminal Justice Programs. He is based in Nashville.