Reeves taps Stewart to fill state parole board vacancy

October 29, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday nominated a new member to serve on the State Parole Board.

Marlow Stewart’s term will begin Monday. He succeeds Nehemiah Flowers, who this week announced his retirement after eight years effective Sunday. Stewart served several years with the state Department of Corrections helping to integrate offenders back into the community upon their release.

“Marlow’s years of experience working within our state’s correction system make him an excellent candidate to fill the upcoming vacancy on the State Parole Board,” Reeves said in a statement. “I am grateful that Marlow has accepted this appointment and will continue serving the people of Mississippi and those within our correctional system.”

Stewart’s nomination will need to be confirmed by the state Senate. It’s not unusual for nominees to serve several months while awaiting confirmation. The next regular legislative session begins in January.

Reeves also commended Flowers’ service.

“He is an indispensable part of his community and positively changed the lives of countless Mississippians,” Reeves said.