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State Crime Lab Leadership

State Crime Laboratory  Director Judge Joseph R. John, Sr. holds bachelor and master degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, attended Belmont Abbey College, and earned his juris doctorate from the UNC-CH School of Law.

He has worked as a Legal Aid attorney, as a prosecutor, and in private practice as both a criminal defense attorney and civil litigator. Judge John served in Greensboro as District Court Judge from 1980-1984 and Resident Superior Court Judge from 1984-1992, and then on the NC Court of Appeals from 1992-2001. He held three positions in the NC Department of Motor Vehicles from 2008-2010 as Director of Hearings, Acting Commissioner, and Deputy Commissioner.

He was designated  State Crime Laboratory Acting Director in 2010 and was appointed Laboratory Director in 2011.

 

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.