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Florida picks new parole commissioner

A retired Bartow deputy chief of police will be Florida's next parole commissioner as a member of the Florida Commission on Offender Review.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted Tuesday to pick David Wyant to replace Tena M. Pate, who resigned her seat on the panel after 13 years.

The Florida Commission on Offender Review (formerly the Florida Parole Commission) meets regularly to consider petitions for parole from inmates and is the investigative arm of the governor and Cabinet in their role as the Board of Executive Clemency, which considers requests by convicted felons to be pardoned or to have their civil rights restored.

Wyant has spent 20 years in law enforcement. Besides being a former deputy police chief, Wyant worked as a detective sergeant and as a special investigations unit detective before retiring in 2014.

During a public interview with Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday, Wyant said his experiences in law enforcement will help him research each case thoroughly to be certain whether an applicant has bettered themselves and would better the community if they were returned to it.

“I can assure you that I will do my homework and only recommend those that are worthy of your approval,” Wyant told Scott and the 3 other elected members of the Cabinet before they voted to give him the job over two other finalists for the position..

The job is for six years and pays about $91,000 a year. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate when they next meet in March 2017.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:58pm]


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