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Parole Commission chair resigns to work for chief justice

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state’s parole commission chair has resigned to work for the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Department of Correction Spokesman Tristan Cook confirmed Parole Commission Chairman Dean Stensberg’s resignation Monday. Stensberg became head of the commission that determines which prison inmates get paroled in May 2015. His two-year term was to end in March, but Cook says his resignation was effective Jan. 6.

Stensberg says he is now the executive assistant to Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack. He declined to comment on the reason for his resignation.

Gov. Scott Walker appoints the chair of the parole commission. Spokesman Tom Evenson says Walker appointed commissioner Douglas Drankiewicz as the interim chair on Friday.

The number of inmates released on parole has dropped since Walker took office.

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