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Hall County man, longtime security pro, now serving on state parole board
David J. Herring is sworn in as a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles Aug. 7, 2018.

A Hall County man who formerly managed the security teams for the governor’s office and other high-ranking officials was sworn in Tuesday, Aug. 7, as a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

David J. Herring’s appointment was effective Aug. 1 to the board responsible for reviewing offender sentences for potential pardons, paroles, commutations and reprieves.

Herring started in 1994 as a state trooper, continuing his career with the Department of Public Safety to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The Hall County man was previously responsible for the security details serving the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house and chief justice.

“David’s appointment comes at an excellent time for the Board and the state of Georgia. Governor Deal has transformed our criminal justice system and his appointments to our Board have followed that philosophy. This is another win for our citizens and for public safety,” parole board chairman Terry Barnard said in a statement. 

The Gainesville Kiwanis Club honored Herring in 2004 with the “Trooper of the Year” distinction, having previously received the 2001 “Governor’s Public Safety Award for Heroism.

“I am humbled to serve the citizens of Georgia in this capacity,” Herring said in a statement from the board. “The criminal justice work this board performs is necessary and critical to the safety and security of our communities. I am honored by the confidence placed in me to use my law enforcement and life experiences to make these critical public safety parole decisions.”