President's Message


By Darrel S. Crimmins

September 2014


As my term as CLEAR’s President draws to a close, I look back with pride on our organization’s accomplishments over the past year. At a time when our roles as regulators are under considerable scrutiny, it has been my pleasure to lead the organization in its pursuit of regulatory excellence, to the benefit of the public we ultimately serve.

Central to our mission are the CLEAR Learning educational programs that equip us to better protect the public with efficiency and effectiveness. Over the course of the past year, CLEAR has trained in excess of 1,000 regulatory stakeholders, representing numerous jurisdictions, professions and occupations. Recognizing that approval to travel to CLEAR’s educational events is not always forthcoming, we have brought more educational programming to you, whether in the form of National Certified Investigator and Inspector Training (NCIT) Programs offered in 14 locations or one-day seminars in three North-American cities. As we plan for 2014-15, we will continue to move in this direction, and we would welcome additional invitations from host jurisdictions and organizations.

I am pleased to report that record numbers of regulatory colleagues have recognized the value of CLEAR and that, for a second year running, membership levels are at an all-time high. In addition to strong representation in North America and Western Europe, I am particularly pleased to note increased involvement from regulators in Australia and New Zealand. This bodes particularly well for CLEAR’s Fifth International Congress, which is due to be held in the region in 2017.

Over the course of the past year, the organization has focused considerable energies on a review of its CLEAR Learning educational programs and will now implement the findings and recommendations provided by an external consulting firm. This extensive exercise will ensure that the diverse training opportunities provided by CLEAR continue to reflect the latest thinking in instructional delivery and design.

I would be remiss if I did not recognize the role my Board colleagues have played in realizing these achievements. I particularly want to thank Board Member Richard Morales and former Presidents Bruce Matthews and Michelle Pedersen, each of whose time on the Board of Directors is coming to an end. Their contributions and commitment have strengthened CLEAR considerably, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

The year ahead holds many opportunities and challenges for the regulatory community and our organization alike. Please consider becoming involved with our work - on committees, working groups and the Board - as together we serve our colleagues and the regulated public.

Marc Seale will be CLEAR’s first non-North American President – another sign of our evolution – and I look forward to welcoming him to his new role, and to supporting him as Past-President. Thank you for your support this past year; it has been my privilege to serve as CLEAR’s President.

Darrel S. Crimmins
CLEAR President

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