Retired Corrections Department official named to New Mexico parole board

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — A retired state government official has been named to the state Parole Board by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Laura Chavez of Albuquerque recently retired from the Department of Corrections as a probation and parole officer supervisor.

Chavez fills a vacancy on the 15-member board, which can grant or deny parole for adult offenders.

Chavez received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University.

Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. The governor's office said Chavez's term runs through June 2015.

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