Mallory O’Brien, PhD
Director of Homicide Review Commission
Dr. Mallory O’Brien has led the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission since July 2004. Dr. O’Brien is trained as an epidemiologist and has worked in the field of violent injury prevention for the past 15 years. In 1994 she began her work developing, implementing and evaluating a regional tracking system for firearm deaths, the Firearm Injury Reporting System, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. From 2001 through 2007 she continued her work, expanding to the national level as the Associate Director of the National Violent Injury Statistics System at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, at Harvard University. Dr. O’Brien has served as a consultant to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Violent Death Reporting System. She is currently a member of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Taskforce for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Advisory Committee of the Safe Streets Initiative and the WI Attorney General’s Crime Victim Council. Dr. O’Brien is currently a researcher with the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University.
Police Officer Virginia Gordy
Milwaukee Police Department Staff
The Milwaukee Police Department supports the functions of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, in part, by providing two full time staff positions. One of these staff positions is a police officer that prepares the homicide cases for review. Officer Virginia Gordy is currently assigned to the MHRC. Officer Gordy is responsible for developing presentations for each review and presenting homicide cases at the domestic violence and community service provider reviews. She assists with the analysis of trends in homicides, non-fatal shootings, and non-fatal domestic violence incidents that lead to the development of action plans for recommendations arising from the homicide review process. Officer Gordy also brings a strong background in criminal justice systems to the MHRC. Officer Gordy joined the Milwaukee Police Department in 1992, Officer Gordy’s understanding of police policies and procedures is a unique asset to the review commission.