Wood County man appointed to state parole board

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Wood County man and a former Putnam County magistrate have been appointed to serve on the West Virginia Parole Board by Gov. Jim Justice.

Justice selected John Sines and Kim Blair to complete unexpired terms on the nine-seat board. The appointments require state Senate confirmation.

Sines, whose appointment expires on June 30, 2022, served for a decade on the Wood County Planning Commission and six years as a Lubeck Public Service District commissioner.

The 1973 Parkersburg South High graduate has been a Local School Improvement Committee member for his alma mater as well as Blennerhassett and Edison junior high schools. He has earned degrees from Marshall University and West Virginia University Parkersburg.

Blair, whose term expires on June 30, 2023, was first elected as a county magistrate in 2002. The state Supreme Court appointed her to serve as a senior status magistrate in 2012, a position she held until earlier this month.

She previously worked as a corrections counselor at a maximum-security prison in Texas, after graduating with honors from the University of Houston with a criminal justice degree. Blair has also been a social worker with the truancy diversion program of Putnam County’s school system.

Part of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the parole board decides on the conditional release of eligible adult offenders. The board also makes clemency recommendations to the governor.