Michael Medler ’74 was recently named to a three-member panel overseeing the transition of the Department of Toxicology from the Indiana University School of Medicine to the State of Indiana.

Mike was an Indiana state trooper with the Indiana State Police from 1976-2005, retiring as a lieutenant colonel and the leader of the criminal investigations, gaming and laboratory division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. While assigned to the Fort Wayne regional crime lab, he managed the field support section of the forensic laboratory and was in charge of the Indiana State Police satellite regional labs.  Mike majored in political science/pre-law at Wabash, attended the University of Virginia while attending the FBI National Academy, and has received training in various forensic, investigative and management programs. He is also a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.  His son is Zach Medler ’01.

A second member of the panel also has Wabash connections:  Retired trial and appellate Judge Linda Chezem, wife of Hon. William I. Garrard ’54, is a part-time professor at Purdue University, is nationally recognized for her work with impaired driving for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and is an authority on legal issues dealing with impaired driving, toxicology and forensics.

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2011 States News Service