Board of Directors

We have listed our Board of Directors below. Each of our board members comes from specific specialties in the course of Homicide Investigations, including investigators, forensics, and medical examiner staff. Feel free to contact one of our board members if you have any questions or comments about the National Homicide Investigators Association, or even about a specific case you might be working.


Detective Joseph Ruhlin

Agency: Clearwater Police Department, Florida
Phone: (727) 562-4376

Detective Joseph Ruhlin has been with the Clearwater Police Department since 1992 and has been a homicide detective since 2005. He is a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer Operator and was one of the first operators at the Clearwater Police Department helping found the program. Detective Ruhlin has also been a burglary detective, FTO, patrol sex crimes investigator,intoxilyzer operator and is radar certified.

Vice President

Master Officer Rodney Tower

Agency: St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida
Phone: (727) 892-5008

Rodney Tower has been with the St. Petersburg Police Department for over 26 years with 7 years as a Homicide Detective, 3 years as a Burglary Detective, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, SWAT Team member and Patrol Officer. I am currently assigned as a High Liability Coordinator with the agency. I was an active Board of Director Member for the Florida Homicide Investigators’ Association for six years while being a member of the organization since 2008. I currently hold the position of Vice President with the National Homicide Investigator’s Association.


Detective Robert Miller

Agency: Miami Dade Police Department, Florida
Phone: (305) 629-2611

Robert “Bobby” Miller is a veteran a homicide investigator with the Miami-Dade County Police Department (MDPD) and has been with the agency for over twenty-five years. His experience in the homicide bureau includes assignments in the Cold Case Squad, Rotational Homicide Team, Strategic Investigations Squad (S.I.S.), and the Traffic Homicide Unit. Miller is presently on the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) statewide Cold Case Advisory Committee and was previously on the board of directors with the Florida Homicide Investigators Association (FHIA). Miller also served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps.


Detective Paul Comini

Agency: Clearwater Police Department
Phone: (727) 562-4396

Detective Paul Comini has been with Clearwater Police Department since 2008 and in law enforcement since 2002. Paul has been a detective since 2013 and a homicide detective for a year and half. During his law enforcement career Paul has been a patrol corporal, a Traffic Homicide Investigator, FTO, bike patrol, street crimes, dive team, and SRO. Currently, in addition to Homicide Paul is also a certified Computer Voice Stress operator (CVSA).

Event Coordinator

Detective Darren Norris

Agency: Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Phone: (352) 569-1617

Detective Norris has over 27 years in law enforcement. Currently, he works in the Major Crimes Unit of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, where his primary focus is on cold case homicide investigations. Detective Norris has co-authored articles in forensic science, and he has been an adjunct instructor for the Institute of Police Technology and Management, and the National Intelligence Academy, along with numerous law enforcement training centers.

Specialist Dawn Walker

Regional Forensic Director

Forensic Science Specialist Dawn Walker

Agency: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Phone: (727) 580-4062

Forensic Science Specialist Dawn Walker has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 2001 and in Forensics since 2003. During her career she has worked numerous cases including Human Trafficking, Sexual Batteries, Department Shootings, and Homicides for the Sheriff’s Office as well as for numerous other contract agencies within the county. Dawn is on the Major Case Response Team. In 2012, Dawn was the recipient of the Captain Lou Kubler Award of Excellence for Specialist of the Year, which is the highest award given to Forensic Specialists.

Regional Director of Medicolegal Death Investigators

Chief Forensic Investigator Brett Harding

Agency: District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office, Florida
Phone: (352) 326-5964

Brett Harding began his career in Medicolegal Death Investigation in 1988 when he joined Florida’s District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office as a Forensic Investigator. In 1990 he entered the field of organ transplantation where he received critical care and surgical training followed by a year of clinical research. He returned to Medicolegal Death Investigation in 1997, successfully becoming a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator and then one of the first Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator’s in the State of Florida. Brett went on to serve on the both the Advisory Council and the Board of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Mr. Harding currently serves as the Chief Forensic Investigator for Florida’s District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office, where he oversees a staff of 13. He is a member of the Florida Cold Case Advisory Commission, The National Association of Medical Examiner’s Inspection and Accreditation Committee and is on the Advisory Board of both Keiser University and Taylor College.