Public Safety Lecture At Willamette University

M. Ray Mathis, who recently stepped down as executive director for the Citizens Crime Commission, an affiliate of the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, will discuss "Public-Private Partnerships: Social Services, Security, and Public Safety/Terrorism" Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kilkenny Lecture Hall, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University. A reception will follow.

Mathis is a member of numerous public safety committees including the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Homeless Youth Oversight Committee, Over-representation Committee, Sheriff's Advisory Committee, and the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

He is past president and board member of the National Association of Crime Commissions and a former officer of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

An FBI Special Agent until 1989, Mathis worked in the criminal, intelligence and counter-terrorism areas as both an investigator and manager. His last assignment in the FBI was as branch chief of personnel security, counter-intelligence/terrorism for NATO in Brussels, Belgium. Subsequently, he was recruited by PANAM Airways to reorganize their overseas security in the aftermath of the bombing of PANAM 103.

Mathis is also past president of Alert Management Systems, an airport security company whose 2,200 employees screened passengers at airports in the U.S. and Europe.