NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this week named a recently defeated state GOP lawmaker to replace former Chattanooga City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem on the Tennessee Board of Parole.
Former Rep. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, who was chairman of the House Education Committee, was appointed by Haslam to a six-year term on the seven-member board on Tuesday. The agency makes determinations on whether to grant parole to convicted felons in state custody.
The job pays $93,732 a year.
Hakeem was appointed in 2006 by Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. He is running for city councilman in the March election.
Montgomery lost his reelection bid to the state House in last August’s Republican primary.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...