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Former state Rep. Mills elected parole board vice chairman

POSTED: May 8, 2014 12:31 a.m.

James Mills of Gainesville has been elected vice chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Mills, a former state representative, was first appointed to the board by Gov. Nathan Deal in November 2011. Mills, elected at the Tuesday meeting, will start the new role July 1.

“Thank you for this opportunity to serve,” Mills told his colleagues, according to a news release. “I have always believed that everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Mills served 19 years representing the 25th District. He has a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Also elected at the meeting was Terry Barnard of South Georgia as chairman.

The board includes five full-time members who make parole decisions. For more information on the board, visit

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