Valley representative takes job with Ohio Parole Board

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(WKBN) – Former State Rep. Glenn Holmes is taking a new job with the Ohio Parole Board. 

Holmes’ last day in office was Tuesday.

His appointment is part of reforms announced by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The reforms follow a comprehensive review of the board’s operations, efficiency, transparency, and commitment to victim rights, according to DeWine.

“It is important that we have a parole board that reflects a variety of professional backgrounds,” DeWine said. “Our new board members’ diverse perspectives will enhance the board’s ability to make responsible parole decisions that take victim rights, public safety and inmate rehabilitation into account.”

Holmes is joined by Lisa Hoying, an assistant for the Clark County prosecuting attorney; and Steven Herron, assistant state public defender for the Ohio Public Defender Commission and Vermilion City Council president. 

A fourth position will be filled by a candidate with a background in mental health or addiction counseling, according to DeWine’s office. 

Holmes, a Democrat, represented Ohio’s 63rd District.

The Ohio House Democratic Caucus is now requesting letters of interest from those who want to fill Holmes’ seat. The caucus will appoint a qualified applicant to serve the remainder of Holmes’ term, which runs through December 2020.

A screening panel of Democratic state representatives will interview applicants to make a recommendation to the 37-member minority caucus.

Applicants should mail and email resumes and cover letters to House Democratic Chief of Staff Samantha Herd by the close of business on Friday, May 17: 

Samantha Herd
House Democratic Chief of Staff
77 South High Street; 14th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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