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Former state police administrator to oversee Forensic Science division

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Delaware Public Media
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John Evans, a former Delaware State Police administrator, will soon direct the Division of Forensic Science, filling a post that’s been empty since July.

Evans, a 29-year DSP veteran, most recently oversaw several of the agency’s most high profile sections, including the Homicide and Forensic Firearms units.

 

He graduated from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School and holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware.

 

Evans replaces Michael Wolf, who told The News Journal he resigned because state lawmakers didn’t properly fund the embattled office, leading to big backups for forensic tests.

 

Two years ago, investigators found the previous incarnation of the office to have lax – or few – security policies, which led to workers stealing or tampering with drug evidence.

 

In a statement, state Homeland Security Sec. James Mosley said, "[Evans] brings a wealth of knowledge that will be essential as we look to acquire additional staffing and equipment and explore options for a new facility."

 

It's unclear whether the General Assembly will have money to dole out to either as it potentially faces another tough budget year.

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