About The Director

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John A. Blackburn Jr.
Executive Director
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
(602) 364-1171

John A. Blackburn Jr. was appointed as the Executive Director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) in July 2004, after working for the commission for more than two years as the program manager over legislation, policy, and human resources.

Prior to working for ACJC, Mr. Blackburn served over 20 years with the Mesa Police Department and retired as the lieutenant over Planning and Analysis in November 2000. For nearly 15 years Mr. Blackburn has been actively involved in the state legislative process; first as a legislative liaison for the Mesa Police Department, and later as a registered lobbyist for the City of Mesa, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Arizona Sheriff’s Association. He was part of a team of legislative liaisons recognized by the State of Arizona for its work on criminal justice issues.

Mr. Blackburn earned his master's degree in Organizational Management in 2000 and his bachelor's degree in business in 1996. Mr. Blackburn is a trained facilitator and has led meetings and sessions on numerous subjects from minority issues, continuous quality improvement, facilities security, to budget processes for departments within the City of Mesa and various law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona. He is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Police Association.

Mr. Blackburn actively serves on several committees including the National Criminal Justice Association’s Executive Board and its Advisory Council, the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board, the Cross Border Communications Committee, the DNA and Forensic Technology Task Force, the U.S. Attorney’s District of Arizona Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, the Drug and Gang Policy subcommittee, the ACJC Executive Steering Committee. He also serves as a member of Arizona’s Homeland Security Cabinet.