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Shelby resident heads parole board

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Verman Ray Winburn has been part of the board since 1997, serving uner three governors.

By Lisa King

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A Shelby County man has been appointed to head up the Kentucky Parole Board.

Verman Ray Winburn was appointed chair earlier this summer after having originally being appointed to the parole board in 1997. He is serving his fourth term.

Winburn is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a minor in corrections. He has served as a correctional officer,  probation and parole officer and as a probation and parole district supervisor, as well as a member of the parole board, before his  retirement in August 2008.

He returned to state service again as a parole board member in 2009.

This is his fourth appointment to the Parole Board under three different governors; two under Paul Patton, one under Ernie Fletcher, and his current appointment as Chairman is under Gov. Steve Beshear.

Todd Henson, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, said parole board appointments are 4-year terms and  that members are appointed by the governor.

“He served three times under previous administrations before he retired, and when he came back, he was appointed by Governor Beshear,” he said.

Winburn has lived in Shelby County for 13 years.

Before serving on the parole board, he worked as a district supervisor for the Probation and Parole office in Jefferson County. He worked in that capacity for 11 years.

Winburn said he takes the responsibilities of the parole board very seriously.

“It is the board’s goal to continue to make decisions that maintain a delicate balance between public safety, victim’s rights, reintegration of the offender and recidivism,” he said.