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Gov. Hickenlooper announces appointments to the State Board of Parole

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced appointments to the State Board of Parole.


The State Board of Parole holds hearings and considers applications for parole and conducts all proceedings involving revocation of parole. These appointments are dependent upon Colorado Senate confirmation. The members appointed are:


  • Brandon Shaffer of Longmont, to serve as a citizen representative, with a full term to expire July 1, 2016. Shaffer has a record of public service in the military and elected office that spans nearly 20 years. He is past President of the Colorado Senate, where he served for eight years, and was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (serving as chair for three years). Shaffer earlier worked for two law firms in Colorado after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. Shaffer is a member of the Uniform Law Commission and past governor of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. Shaffer earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.
  • Joe Morales of Silverthorne, to serve as a law enforcement representative, with a full term to expire July 1, 2016. Morales was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety by former Gov. Bill Owens in 2003. He previously was elected sheriff of Summit County for three terms after working as a deputy sheriff there and as a police officer in Central City. Most recently, Morales worked in Jordan and Afghanistan in various security and training positions. He is a past board member and president of the County Sheriffs of Colorado and a member of a variety of law enforcement organizations.


Shaffer will serve as vice chair of the State Board of Parole.


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