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Gov. Rick Scott sizes up three finalists for parole commissioner

Back from a job-seeking trip to California, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday scheduled interviews with three finalists to be Florida's next parole commissioner as a member of the Florida Commission on Offender Review.

Scott and the three Cabinet members are scheduled to choose a replacement next week for Tena Pate, who resigned her seat on the panel after 13 years to run for supervisor of elections in Leon County.

Two of the three finalists for the parole post are women. Cynthia Swier is administrator of a private women's prison in Gadsden County, run by Management Training Corporation. Lori VanCamp is an investigations supervisor at FCOR, based in Tampa, and has worked for the agency for more than 20 years. The third finalist, David Wyant, is a security director for a golf course and a retired deputy police chief of Bartow who was a two-time Florida law enforcement officer of the year.

Florida abolished parole in 1983. FCOR (formerly the Florida Parole Commission) has over the years fended off a number of legislative attempts to abolish it. The panel 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.

The job is for six years and pays about $91,000 a year.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story had incorrect information on the length of the term.

[Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2016 9:47am]


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