Parole Board Vacancy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The process of selecting a new member for the state parole board is starting over because Gov. Bob Riley's choice declined the appointment.

Riley had asked retired Shelby County Sheriff James L. Jones to fill the vacancy left by Gladys Riddle, who retired August first. Jones declined to take the $76,000 salary job after learning he would lose his status as a supernumerary sheriff and the retirement benefits that come with it.

Cynthia Dillard, spokeswoman for the parole board, said the board is continuing to function with two of the three positions filled. But if one of the two members gets sick or has an emergency, then parole hearings can't continue because one board member can't hold hearings or grant paroles.

Troy King, the governor's legal adviser, said the governor is asking the committee to nominate three more people.

Retired court reporter Robert E. Stamper of Huntsville and former appeals court judge Frank Long Senior had been nominated with Jones.

Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley said she's prepared to make another recommendation

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