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Former Seattle, Boston Police Chief Joins Tech Startup Board

Kathleen O'Toole, widely known for pushing for reforms and technology in her leadership of several police departments, is taking a seat on the board of the New York-based tech vendor Mark43.

Kathleen O’Toole, a renowned law enforcement leader, is taking a seat on the board of tech startup Mark43.

O’Toole comes to the company after a policing career full of highlights. She’s served as chief of the police departments in Boston and Seattle, as well as chief inspector for Ireland’s national police force.

Mark43, based in New York, offers cloud-based software for record keeping and dispatch to police and other public safety agencies. Founded in 2012, the company is relatively young in a market niche dominated by long-standing incumbents such as Tyler Technologies and Motorola Solutions.

In the course of her career, O’Toole has gained attention pushing for data and technology in policing.

“Policing is always evolving, and Mark43 is at the forefront of that evolution,” O’Toole said in a press release. “As a trusted advisor to Mark43, I look forward to continuing my work in data-driven policing and thoughtful, collaborative reform efforts with agencies around the world.”

Mark43 is no stranger to leadership from high-profile figures; its list of advisors and investors include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and retired U.S. General David Petraeus as well as celebrities Sophia Bush and Ashton Kutcher.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.