Haslam Appoints New Chairman Of Parole Board

Former Legislator Richard Montgomery Replaces Charles Traughber

Monday, July 01, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Monday appointed Richard Montgomery as chairman of the Board of Parole.  Mr. Montgomery replaces Charles Traughber who retired last week after serving nearly 40 years on the board, much of that time as chairman. 

“I am grateful for Chairman Traughber’s many years of service and dedication to our state,” Governor Haslam said.  “His experience and counsel was extremely helpful as we restructured the board to transition probation services to the Department of Correction to provide a more seamless and accountable process.

"Richard will do an outstanding job for the citizens of Tennessee in this new role,” Governor Haslam continued.  “His passion for the citizens and welfare of this state are well known, and he has the right balance of compassion and common sense to lead this important organization.”

Mr. Montgomery, 66, was appointed to the Board of Parole in January.  Prior to that, he served 14 years in the General Assembly representing Sevier County.  He served as chairman of the House Education Committee and was a member of other key committees including the House Commerce Committee, the Select Committee on Corrections Oversight, the Calendar and Rules Committee, the Joint Lottery Scholarship Committee, the Joint Education Oversight Committee, the Joint Workers’ Compensation Oversight Committee, and the Select Committee on Children and Youth.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected by the governor to chair this important board,” Mr. Montgomery said.  “I feel fortunate to be working alongside such dedicated and knowledgeable staff and board members.  It is a tremendous privilege to be able to serve the citizens of Tennessee in this capacity.”

Mr. Montgomery is retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was operations manager for UT-Battelle for 27 years.  He has also served on the Sevier County Board of Education along with several other community boards.

A graduate of Hiawassee Junior College and the University of Tennessee, Mr. Montgomery received the Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award in 2012 from the Tennessee Business Roundtable.  He also received the 2012 Leader in Education Legislative Award from the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.  In 2010, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality Association, and the Tennessee County Officials Association named him Legislator of the Year in 2002.

Mr. Montgomery and his wife, Ann, live in Sevierville and have a grown daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Monte Miller, and a granddaughter, Josephine Clair.


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