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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Clark A. Harms as Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Parole.

"Clark is uniquely qualified to serve as the next chairman of the Board of Pardons and Parole," Governor Herbert said. "He has several years of experience serving on the Board, and has proven his capacity to take on this responsibility with integrity and thoughtful past public service."

Mr. Harms currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Utah Commission of Criminal and Juvenile Justice, as well as on the full Commission. While serving as a Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney from 1995 to 2006, he received recognition from local, state and national law enforcement organizations, including the United States Department of Justice.

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. appointed Mr. Harms to the Board of Pardons and Parole in May 2006. He was named Vice-Chairman in May 2007.

Mr. Harms will replace Curtis L. Garner, who has served as Board chairman since May 2007. Mr. Garner stepped down as chairman, effective Aug. 1, citing the benefit of occasional rotation of leadership to the five-member board.

The State Board of Pardons and Parole is responsible for rendering just decisions regarding the length of incarceration, parole supervision, termination of sentence and commutation of sentence and pardons.

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