Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Parole Board

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed three members to the Parole Board.

Michael D. Grugin, of Frankfort, is a landlord and the loss prevention manager for BonTon Department Stores. Grugin received his bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Eastern Kentucky University.  He will serve as a part-time member on the board.

Patricia Turpin, of Lexington, is a self-employed correctional consultant.  Turpin received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and her master’s degree from Kentucky State University. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency.  She is married to Benard A. Turpin.

William Abney, of Bowling Green, is a retired federal probation officer.  He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, his master’s degree in public administration and counseling and his education specialist degree from Western Kentucky University.

The appointed members of the Parole Board are selected from a list of names submitted to the governor by the Commission on Correction and Community Service.  The board must study case histories of those up for parole, conduct hearings for granting parole, issue warrants for violating parole and determine the period of supervision for parolees.