Friday, May 7, 2010


Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that he has named Parole Board Vice Chair Becky Lucero of Pueblo as the panel’s new chair, replacing retiring Chairman David Michaud.

Gov. Ritter first appointed Lucero to the board in 2008. She had worked as the board’s office manager from 1997-2008 and in various roles in the Department of Corrections before that.

“Becky has a deep understanding and keen appreciation of how challenging it is to serve on the Parole Board,” Gov. Ritter said. “She will make an outstanding chair.”

Gov. Ritter also thanked departing Chairman Michaud for his service: “David Michaud devoted his professional career to public service, public safety and upholding the law. He served with distinction and integrity, and on behalf of the people of Colorado, I thank him for his leadership these past few years as chairman of the Parole Board.”

The Governor also appointed John M. O’Dell of Loveland to the board and re-appointed members Michael E. Anderson and Rebecca L. Oakes, both of Denver. O’Dell retired from the Denver Police Department in 2002 after more than 30 years on the force. Anderson will serve as the Parole Board’s vice chair.

The seven-member Parole Board holds hearings and considers applications for parole, and conducts all proceedings involving revocation of parole. The appointments require Senate confirmation.

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