North Carolina Department of Justiceskip to main content
North Carolina Department of Justice
North Carolina Department of Justice
Submit this request

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 Operations Deena Koontz graduated magna cum laude from Catawba College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1987. She completed the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 2003.  

Deena  began her career with the State Crime Lab in 1988 and was assigned to the Drug Chemistry Section of the Crime Laboratory Division.  She was promoted to supervisor of the Drug Chemistry Section in 2001 and to Deputy Assistant Director of the Crime Laboratory in 2008. 

 

Laboratory Assistant Director for Quality Control Chuck McClelland earned a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1986.

Chuck began his career with the State Crime Laboratory in 1986 in the Trace Evidence Section of the Crime Laboratory Division. He completed the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 2005. He was promoted to supervisor of the Trace Evidence Section in 2006 and to Deputy Assistant Director of the Crime Laboratory in 2010.

 

Laboratory 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.