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Ex-Lt. Gov. Askins named to lead Oklahoma parole board

Oklahoman Published: August 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says a former lieutenant governor she defeated in the 2010 election has been selected as interim executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin’s office said the board appointed Jeri Askins on Monday. The governor called Askins a “dedicated and universally respected” public servant.

Askins has worked in all three branches of Oklahoma government, including 12 years as a state representative and eight years as a special district judge in Stephens County.

She was elected lieutenant governor in 2007 and opted against a re-election bid in 2010. Fallin defeated her in the gubernatorial election that year.

In 1991, Askins was appointed to the state Pardon and Parole board and was later named its first female chairman.