Gov. Bryant makes appointments for State Parole Board

Gov. Phil Bryant selected Steven Pickett to chair the State Parole Board and Butch Townsend to serve as the board’s at-large member.

Pickett will replace the board’s current chairman, Doug Davis, who plans to resign Oct. 15 to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Townsend was tapped for Pickett’s vacant at-large post.

The parole board is comprised of one chairman and four active members, each appointed at-large.

The board meets weekly to review the cases of state offenders to determine parole eligibility

“I appreciate Doug’s service to the people of Mississippi and look forward to working with him in his new role,” Gov. Bryant said.