Parson appoints Republican lawmaker to Missouri parole board

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A southwestern Missouri lawmaker has resigned to accept a position on the state parole board.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday named Republican Rep. Don Phillips of Kimberling City to the Board of Probation and Parole.

Phillips previously led the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

Parson touted Phillips’ previous work as a state trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in naming him to the parole board. Phillips now will be making decisions about whether prisoners should be granted parole or probation.

Phillips was first elected in 2010 and was barred by term limits from running again in 2018.