Hall County businessman and former state Rep. James W. Mills was elected Tuesday as chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
“To be asked to be chairman of this board is an awesome responsibility, because every decision the board makes affects a person’s life or people’s lives in some way,” he said following the board meeting vote.
Mills, who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011, will assume the role on July 1.
He previously served in the Georgia General Assembly for 19 years.
Regarding his plans as chairman, Mills said the board will continue to support the governor’s criminal justice reforms, as the board’s decisions aim to “balance victims as well as offenders.”
“We want to continue to help victims be restored as we meet our responsibilities of determining which offenders are deserving of parole and which ones need a little more time,” he said.
Mills owns and operates mini storage warehouse businesses.
Appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate, the board has five members serving seven-year terms.
Mills previously was the vice chairman for three years under chairman Terry Barnard.