NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday named former state lawmaker Richard Montgomery as chairman of the state's Board of Parole.
Montgomery, former House Education Committee chairman, replaces Charles Traughber, a Chattanooga native, who retired last week after nearly four decades on the board.
"I am grateful for Chairman Traughber's many years of service and dedication to our state," Haslam said in a news release. "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."
He predicted Montomery, a fellow Republican, will "do an outstanding job" in his new leadership role. "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."
In January, Haslam named Montgomery, 66, to the Board of Parole after the lawmaker's defeat in his 2012 GOP primary contest. He'd served 14 years in the House, representing Sevier County.
Montgomery said he feels "extremely humbled and honored to be selected by the governor to chair this important board. I feel fortunate to be working alongside such dedicated and knowledgeable staff and board members."
Montgomery is retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was operations manager. He has served on the Sevier County Board of Education and several other community boards.
He is a graduate of Hiawassee Junior College and the University of Tennessee.
Montgomery and his wife, Ann, live in Sevierville.