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Change at Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today appointed Keith Hamilton as Chair of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

Hamilton replaces Donald E. Blanchard as the Chair of the Board. Hamilton has been serving on the Board of Pardons and Parole since September 2005.

"For more than 15 years, Don has given meaningful service to the Board of Pardons and Parole. His leadership and experience has greatly benefited our State and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors," said Governor Huntsman.

In selecting Hamilton to fill Blanchard's vacancy, Governor Huntsman felt Mr. Hamilton's previous experience on the Board coupled with his capable leadership style, diverse background and understanding of the criminal justice system make him an outstanding choice to fill Blanchard's vacancy.

"Keith will do an outstanding job as the new Chair of the Board of Pardons and Parole," said Governor Huntsman. "He has the intellect and temperament that will help him effectively work with law enforcement entities to make our communities safer. I look forward to working with Keith as our newest Cabinet member."

Hamilton was the first African-American to graduate from BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. Hamilton served as a judge advocate with the United States Navy from 1986 to 1993 and served as a full-time member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole from 1997 through 2003. After leaving the Board in 2003, Mr. Hamilton practiced criminal law in his own law firm.

Hamilton will assume this new role effective immediately.

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