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June 18, 2019

Gov. Justice names two to W.Va. Parole Board


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice has asked a multi-term magistrate and a longtime community leader to share their expertise and experience on the West Virginia Parole Board.


Justice has appointed Kim Blair of Putnam County and John Sines of Wood County to complete unexpired terms on the nine-seat board. The governor chose Blair to fill a term ending June 30, 2023, and Sines to one that expires June 30, 2022. The appointments, made Friday, require state Senate confirmation.


Blair was first elected as a county magistrate in 2002. The state Supreme Court appointed her to serve as a senior status magistrate in 2012, a position she held until earlier this month. She previously worked as a corrections counselor at a maximum-security prison in Texas, after graduating with honors from the University of Houston with a criminal justice degree. Blair has also been a social worker with the truancy diversion program of Putnam County’s school system.


Sines served for a decade on the Wood County Planning Commission as well as six years as a Lubeck Public Service District commissioner. The 1973 Parkersburg South High graduate has been a Local School Improvement Committee (LSIC) member for his alma mater as well as Blennerhassett and Edison junior high schools. He has earned degrees from Marshall and West Virginia University-Parkersburg.


Part of the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the Parole Board performs a critical role in the state’s criminal justice system by deciding on the conditional release of eligible adult offenders. Hearing cases in panels of three, it contributes to public safety by facilitating the return of offenders to society as law-abiding citizens. It also makes clemency recommendations to the governor.


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov