RENO — A 13-year veteran of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division has been promoted to supervising criminalist of toxicology. Karyl Brown, who worked on the county Crime Lab’s first toxicology case in May 1999, will now oversee the lab’s toxicology services.
“Karyl brings experience, vision and passionate dedication to her new role,” Forensic Science Division Director Renee Romero said. “She has already shown a keen ability to see the bigger picture in her decision making.”
Brown helped to set up the Toxicology Section when the sheriff’s Forensic Science Division was first formed in 1999. The Toxicology Section analyzes samples of body fluids to determine the presence, and amount, of drugs, alcohol or poisons.
“What I like most about coming to work every day is the realization that we are providing a unique and valuable service to the community,” Brown said. “Our analysis establishes facts that will help to prosecute the guilty and to protect the innocent.”
After 10 years of service as a toxicologist, she spent the past two years as the Forensic Science Division’s quality assurance manager.
Brown said her experience as quality assurance manager will play a valuable part in her new role because it gave her the opportunity to work closely with all areas of the Forensic Science Division while honing her quality control skills.
“We adhere to a rigorous system of strict procedures, policies, criteria and checks and balances,” Brown said. “And it’s all worth it when you consider that the public safety efforts of 14 Nevada counties rely on our ability to provide accurate information.”
Brown received her Medical Technology Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked for Washoe Medical Center and the toxicology section of Laboratory Corporation of America before joining the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division when toxicology was added in 1999.