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Appointment of Democratic leader to Oklahoma board unites both sides of the aisle

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The selection of a well-known Democratic leader to a state position has united both sides of the aisle.

On Monday, former Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins was selected as the interim executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Gov. Fallin issued the following statement on her appointment.

“Jari Askins is a dedicated and universally respected public servant with a keen knowledge of pardon and parole issues,” said Fallin. “Having served in all three branches of government – including as former chairman of the Pardon and Parole Board – she brings a unique perspective and unparalleled experience to the position. I know she will serve the state well as interim executive director.”

Oklahoma State Rep. Joe Dorman also released a statement, saying he is thrilled by the appointment.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this decision by the state Pardon and Parole Board,” said Dorman. “Jari has been a mentor to me for a long time now. When I was first starting out on the House staff, I was able to see Jari in action and learn a lot about how to be a good public servant. I saw that even closer and more directly when I was able to serve alongside her in the House as a state representative. A lot of my views on public service come from the approaches and ideals Jari carried with her as a House member and as lieutenant governor.”

“The fact she already served this agency for three years will allow her to immediately get to work on repairing what is wrong with our state’s pardon and parole process. As a previous executive director to that board, she will be able to quickly decipher what is in need of immediate addressing and move from there to make the board as efficient and effective as it can be. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Jari to have this opportunity and I know she’ll work hard for the state of Oklahoma, as she has done her entire adult life,” Dorman added.

Askins’ term as interim executive director is slated to begin Sept. 2.