Former Rep. Montgomery Named to Board of Parole

NASHVILLE – Former state Rep. Richard Montgomery of Sevierville, defeated in a bid for reelection last year, has been named a member of the state Board of Parole by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Montgomery, who was chairman of the House Education Committee in the last legislative session, was appointed to a six-year term on the panel effective Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the governor.
A state website shows current members of the board, which decides whether state prison inmates should be granted parole, have an annual salary of $93,732 per year.
Montgomery will replace Yusef Hakeem, a former Chattanooga city councilman, who was named to the seven-member board by former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Montgomery was defeated in the August, 2012, Republican primary by Dale Carr, a Sevierville auctioneer, who was sworn into office with other state legislators Tuesday as the 108th General Assembly began. Haslam had supported Montgomery in his bid for re-election.
A Sevier County native, Montgomery is a graduate of Seymour High School, Hiwassee Junior College and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a retired Operations Manager of UT-Battelle in Oak Ridge.
Haslam last year successfully pushed legislation that revised the duties of the Board of Parole, most notably by shifting responsibility for supervision of paroled inmates to the Department of Correction. Before the bill passed in the last legislative session, the board was known as the Board of Probation and Paroles

2 thoughts on “Former Rep. Montgomery Named to Board of Parole

  1. Kathy Jones

    Mr Montgomery is a fine person and very deserving of this position. He is an exceptionally hard worker and will do great! Congratulations Mr Montgomery!

  2. Kathy Jones

    Sevier Countians are crying now!! Don’t you idiots know you can’t keep a good man down! I sure do hope you naysayers are never in need of Montgomery’s services! For you can use all of the code names you want, but the Montgomery camp knows who you are. Lol

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