No reason for the resignation was listed in a release on the governor's website.
Bryant selected Steven Pickett, who currently serves as a Hinds County Youth Court resource officer, to fill the post, beginning Nov. 10. He must also be confirmed by the Miss. Senate in the 2013 legislative session.
Pickett is currently handling grants and other projects for the court. He has also served as deputy chancery clerk and Justice Court judge in Hinds County and served the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department from 1996-2007 and 2008-2012, according to Bryant's website.
“Steven Pickett brings a vast amount of law enforcement experience to the Mississippi Parole Board,” said Bryant. “I appreciate his willingness to serve and bring that law enforcement experience to this important body.”
Pickett said he plans to serve with an eye for justice.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Governor’s appointment to the Mississippi Parole Board, and I look forward to serving,” Pickett said. “I will serve with an appreciation for justice and be mindful of the victims and their families.”
In April Bryant selected former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin to lead the five-member board. McMillin was ousted as sheriff by voters after serving 20 years.