July 26, 2013 In News
Governor Bryant Appoints Davis as Chairman and Nehemiah Flowers At-Large
JACKSON— Gov. Phil Bryant today announced the retirement of State Parole Board Chairman Malcolm McMillin and the appointment of current board member Doug Davis as chairman. Bryant has named former U.S. Marshal Nehemiah Flowers to fill Davis’ at-large position on the board.
The parole board is comprised of one chairman and four active members, each appointed at-large. The board meets weekly to review the cases of state offenders to determine parole eligibility
McMillin, who served as Hinds County Sheriff from 1991-2011, has served as chairman of the parole board since April 2012.
“I appreciate Malcolm’s service to the people of Mississippi. His dedication to public safety and law enforcement are deeply respected,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I wish him and Delores the very best.”
Doug Davis, who currently serves as the parole board as member-at-large, will assume the chairmanship effective August 1.
“Doug has been an invaluable member of the parole board since his appointment in February, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this important capacity,” Gov. Bryant said. “He will continue to bring tremendous experience and leadership to the table.”
Davis recently served as assistant vice president of First Security Bank, and he represented District 1 for two terms in the Mississippi Senate. While serving in the Legislature, Davis chaired both the Appropriations Committee and the Universities and Colleges Committee. He was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Troopers Association and the Mississippi Police Chief’s Association. Davis also serves on the boards of directors for the DeSoto County Economic Council and the Palmer Home for Children. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Mississippi College and is a member of Longview Point Baptist Church.
“I am both honored and humbled by Governor Bryant asking me to serve as Chairman of the Mississippi State Parole Board,” Doug Davis said. “The Parole Board strives to balance rehabilitation with justice; second chances with public safety; and opportunity with earned trust. Further, the Board makes decisions taking in to account victims and their families affected by crimes against them. As Chairman, I will continue to strive to make the best possible decisions for safety of the citizens of Mississippi.”
Gov. Bryant chose former U.S. Marshal Nehemiah Flowers to replace Davis as member-at-large on the board.
“Nehemiah brings a vast amount of experience to the state parole board with more than 40 years of public service under his belt,” Gov. Bryant said. “His understanding of the criminal justice system makes him well-qualified to serve in this position.”
Flowers served as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi 2002-08. In 1973, he joined the staff of then U.S. Rep. Thad Cochran and later joined Cochran’s U.S. Senate staff. He is a graduate of Belhaven University with a degree in Business Administration. While serving as United States Marshal for the Southern District, Flowers formed the first ever Criminal Task Force, dedicated to pursuing criminals in and across state lines. He was named as 2008 Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, retired Brigade Command Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently a board member for Mississippi Blood Services.
“I am delighted that Governor Bryant appointed me to the State Parole Board, and I hope I can meet his expectations,” Flowers said.
Flowers’ appointment will be brought before the Mississippi Senate for confirmation in the 2014 legislative session.