Gov. Glenn Youngkin has announced four new members of the Virginia Parole Board on Wednesday, picks he needed to make after state Senate Democrats rejected his previous choices during a battle over personnel appointments. The picks include the widow of a state trooper.
Michelle Dermyer, an advocate for survivors of crime whose husband, Trooper Chad Dermyer, was fatally shot on duty in 2016 at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond.
Youngkin said in a statement that his choices would help reform the parole board. The board faced scandal under the previous administration of Ralph Northam after a state watchdog agency found violations of law and policy in the process the board used to release people from prison in some cases, and officials from the governor’s office reprimanded the watchdog agency.
Virginia has abolished parole, but the board’s duties include making decisions on parole for people in prison who were convicted prior to Jan. 1, 1995, the News Advance reports.