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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 is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College where he received a master’s degree in strategic studies.

He has over 20 years of experience at the Crime Lab where he previously worked as a Forensic Scientist Manager.  John 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, John is a retired Army Brigadier General in the North Carolina National Guard where he served as Assistant Adjutant General of Domestic Operations. 

John was appointed Crime Laboratory Director in 2014.

 

Laboratory Assistant Director for Administrative Operations Amanda Thompson graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and a minor in Genetics.

Amanda began her career with the State Crime Laboratory in 2000 as a DNA Database Analyst in the Forensic Biology Section. She was promoted to a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist in 2001 and was qualified in the disciplines of Forensic Serology and Forensic DNA analysis. She was promoted to Forensic Scientist Supervisor in 2006 and to Forensic Scientist Manager of the DNA Database Section in 2013.  Amanda obtained her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma in 2014 and completed the ASCLD Leadership Academy in 2015. She was promoted to her current position as Assistant Director for Administrative Operations in 2016.

 

 
Laboratory Assistant Director for Technical Operations Elizabeth Patel earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Campbell University.

In 1999, Elizabeth began her forensic career working for the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office analyzing postmortem and antemortem toxicology samples. She was hired by the State Crime Laboratory in 2002 as a Special Agent/ Forensic Scientist and was assigned to the Trace Evidence Section where she specialized in inorganic elemental analysis, including gunshot residue and glass analysis. In 2014, she was promoted to Forensic Scientist Manager of the Triad Regional Laboratory in Greensboro overseeing Drug Chemistry, Latent Evidence and Toxicology Sections. Elizabeth obtained her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma in 2014 and was promoted in 2018 to her current position as Assistant Director for Technical Operations.

 


 

Laboratory Deputy 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.