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Huntsman Cabinet Member Steps Down After 15 Years of Service

News Release
April 29, 2005

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Utah Board of Pardons Executive Director Michael R. Sibbett is stepping down after 15 years of service. Sibbett made the announcement today. "It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Pardons," said Sibbett. "It is a tough and emotionally draining position. I deeply appreciate Governor Huntsman's understanding that I am ready to move on to other opportunities with my family."

Sibbett began his service to the state when he was named to the Board in 1990. In 1993, he was appointed chair. "Mike has been a great asset to the State of Utah and a close advisor on criminal justice matters," said Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. "We are very grateful for his years of service."

In 1990, the Board of Pardons made 4,371 decisions, and that number continued to grow yearly to 11,190 decisions in 2004. Chairman Sibbett participated in more than 130,000 decisions during his tenure with the Board. Sibbett is a well-respected leader among paroling authorities nationally and internationally. He served as president of the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) from 1999 to 2001. He was presented one of the highest honors in the internationalfield of parole with the "Ben Baer Award" in 2003.

Applications are now being accepted to fill the Board Member position. The job posting can be found at The position will be appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate and is for a five year term.

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