State parole board elects chairman, vice chairman - CBS46 News

State parole board elects chairman, vice chairman

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ATLANTA (CBS46/AP) -

A former state representative has been elected chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The board on Tuesday elected Terry Barnard of McIntosh County as chairman.

Barnard has served the past two years as vice chairman of the parole board. He was first appointed to the board by Gov. Sonny Perdue in May of 2010.

"You've actually placed on me today the highest honor that a member of this board might ever hope to achieve, the honor of being elected your chairman. I know that this position (being chairman) does not come through succession. So it's indeed a very high honor," Barnard said.

The board this week also elected James Mills of Gainesville as vice chairman. Mills was appointed to the Parole Board by Gov. Nathan Deal in November 2011.

Mills said the Board's decisions are not taken lightly and he thanked his colleagues.

"Thank you for this opportunity to serve. I have always believed that everything rises and falls on leadership," Mills said.

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