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Snyder makes reappointment to Crime Victim Services Commission

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, of Walker, to the Crime Victim Services Commission.

The commission oversees the Crime Victim Compensation Program, which helps pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, grief counseling, lost earnings, funeral bills and crime scene cleanup to eligible crime victims who suffered from a physical injury. The commission also oversees Victim Rights grants, which fund victim advocates throughout the state and the Michigan Crime Notification Network. It also manages the federally funded Victims of Crime Assistance grants, which go to statewide programs that support victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and underserved victims of crime.

"I am confident that Catherine will continue to work hard to ensure that Michigan crime victims are given the appropriate assistance and guidance they need and deserve," Snyder said.

Garcia-Lindstrom is the public safety director of the Walker Police Department and has worked in law enforcement for more than 38 years. She served 25 years with the Detroit Police Department and 11 years as the chief of police for the city of Walker. Garcia-Lindstrom holds a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She will continue to represent peace officers and serve as chair of the commission.

Garcia-Lindstrom will serve a three-year term expiring Sept. 27, 2016, and her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.