Hamilton resigning from parole board
Governor will appoint new board member in the 'near future'
Chuck Wing, Deseret News
Utah Board of Pardons and Parole member Keith N. Hamilton has tendered his resignation.
"I think he just wants to pursue some other opportunities," board spokesman Jim Hatch told the Deseret News.
"He's been a good member and we've appreciated his service for the experience and insight that he's brought to the board," Hatch said. "We'll miss him."
Hatch said Hamilton is out of the office this week and unavailable for comment on his decision to leave the parole board. His resignation will take effect in mid-October.
Hamilton was first appointed to the state Board of Pardons and Parole in 1995 as a pro-tem member. In August 1997, then-Gov. Mike Leavitt appointed him as a full-time board member. He served in that capacity until the completion of his term in 2003, then returned to private practice.
In October 2005, Hamilton returned to the board as vice chairman, upon appointment by then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. In March 2006, Huntsman named Hamilton as board chairman, a position he held until May 2007, when it was rotated to another board member per the governor's policy.
Hamilton earned a bachelor's degree in political science/criminal justice from North Carolina State University, and a law degree from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School.
After law school, he joined the Navy and served as a judge advocate from 1986 to 1993. Immediately following his active duty service, he joined the Navy Reserve before transferring in 2001 to the Air Force Reserve, where he serves as a judge advocate at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
From February to April 2007, Hamilton was deployed with the Air Force as acting deputy staff judge advocate and staff judge advocate for the 11th Wing at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., in support of the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gov. Gary Herbert has interviewed several candidates to replace Hamilton, according to spokeswoman Angie Welling, and is expected to appoint a new board member "in the near future."
Herbert's appointee would need to be confirmed by the state Senate before taking a seat on the board.
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