Governor Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of Rex Richard of Lincoln to the Nebraska Board of Parole.
Richard, 56, has served as warden of the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln for the last 14 years. He began his career with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in 1978 as an officer at the Nebraska State Penitentiary and ascended through the ranks holding a series of positions at several facilities in both Lincoln and Omaha, including unit manager, major and deputy warden.
“I look forward to the opportunity to serve fellow Nebraskans in this capacity,” said Richard. “The selection of individuals to be supervised in the community is critical to both enhancing public safety and managing costs associated with our prison system.”
Richard graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a degree in criminal justice. He will begin his new responsibilities on June 18 with an annual salary of $71,710.
The Nebraska Board of Parole is a five-member board that reviews the status of criminal offenders, determines when to grant parole and sets the conditions of parole. The board advises the Governor with regard to parole legislation and informs the Board of Pardons about the merits of applications for remission, reprieve, pardon or commutation.
Richard will fill the seat vacated by the passing of Bob Boozer.