N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--April 1997

Parole Commission Names New Executive Director

Raleigh - A 23-year state employee has been promoted to executive director of the N. C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Melita R. Groomes as the Commission's new executive director," said Commission Chairman Juanita H. Baker. "Ms. Groomes has a wealth of knowledge about the parole process and the entire criminal justice system. Her experience will be invaluable as the Commission looks ahead to the 21st century."

Prior to the promotion, Ms. Groomes was special programs manager for the Commission, a position she had held since 1993. Ms. Groomes joined the Commission staff in 1978 as a parole case analyst and was promoted to senior case analyst in 1981. Her professional career also includes a four-year stint as a field service counselor in Greensboro with the Pre-Release and Aftercare Center of the Department of Correction.

Melita Grooms

A Greensboro native, Ms. Groomes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in political science. She is certified as a N.C. Public Manager, and as an instructor and instructor evaluator by the N.C. Justice Academy.

In her new role as executive director, Ms. Groomes will be responsible for managing a 50-person staff and implementing policy and procedures as directed by the Commission. Ms. Groomes will assume her new duties immediately. She replaces Sam Boyd, who resigned last fall to accept a position with the Department of Correction.

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