Mayor's Office

Press Release

President/CEO named for Houston independent crime lab



August 14, 2013 -- The Houston Forensic Science LGC, Inc. announces the selection of Dr. Daniel Garner as its President and CEO. Dr. Garner brings a distinguished career of leading, building and improving forensic laboratories in both government and commercial environments.


Houston Forensic Science Board Chair Scott Hochberg believes that Dr. Garner brings "an amazing combination of skills and experience" to the organization. "Our board spent many hours discussing what would be important in a new CEO: scientific expertise, commercial experience, leadership ability, government background, and other qualities," Hochberg said. "With Dr. Garner, we got it all."


“I am impressed with the exhaustive search conducted to find Dr. Garner,” said Mayor Annise Parker.  “His background and credentials make him the perfect choice to implement the vision of an independent crime lab.”


Dr. Garner has most recently led the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to improve forensic science activities in foreign countries. His work took him to more than thirty countries on five continents, where he conducted assessments of forensic laboratories, developed plans to improve their capabilities, and managed implementation of those plans.


Prior to his international work, Dr. Garner served as President of Cellmark Diagnostics, Inc., a leading commercial provider of DNA analysis services. Under Dr. Garner's leadership, Cellmark's lab became the first commercial laboratory to achieve accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD-LAB), while at the same time reducing turnaround times and operational costs.


Before his years at Cellmark, Dr. Garner managed the forensic laboratory for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, where he similarly led their efforts to become the first federal laboratory to earn ASCLD-LAB accreditation.


The Houston Forensic Science LGC, Inc. was established by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council as an independent city-chartered organization to assume the operations of the current Houston Police Department Forensic Division. Dr. Garner's hiring follows a six-month international search led by Coleman, Lew and Associates.