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Corrections veteran is governor’s pick for Parole Board seat

August 17, 2006

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Patricia Biggs to be the newest member of the Kansas Parole Board.

Biggs, of Topeka, has been the executive director of the Kansas Sentencing Commission since 2003. Between 1996 and 2003, she was director of research and planning at the Kansas Department of Corrections. Prior to that, Biggs was an economist in Washington, D.C., a financial analyst in Pennsylvania, an instructor at the University of Connecticut, and an adjunct professor at Washburn University and Friends University.

For over three years, Biggs was a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Corrections. She is a recipient of the Kansas Department of Corrections' top quality management award.

"Protecting Kansans is one of my top responsibilities," Sebelius said in announcing the appointment. "The Kansas Parole Board is tasked with that same mission as they seek to ensure the safety of Kansans when determining whether or not to grant parole. Individuals on the board must be responsible, fair and always take into consideration the safety and security of Kansas residents."

Biggs, whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, will serve a four-year term. She replaces Marilyn Scafe on the board.

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