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Van Hollen Appoints Cindy O'Donnell To Pardon Advisory Board


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the appointment of Cindy O'Donnell to serve as his designee on the Pardon Advisory Board.


O'Donnell serves as the Administrator for the Division of Management Services, a position she has held since 2004. The Division is responsible for all personnel, budget and IT functions within the Department of Justice.


Previously, Ms. O'Donnell served in the Department of Corrections (DOC) for 20 years. O'Donnell was first appointed Deputy Secretary for the DOC in 1998 under then-Governor Tommy G. Thompson. She continued to serve in that role until she was chosen to lead the Division of Management Services in the Department of Justice in 2004. She received a B.A. in English from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, in 1979 and an M.A. in English from UW-Milwaukee in 1980.


"Cindy O'Donnell is a thoughtful and skilled administrator whose 20 years of experience working in the Department of Corrections prepares her well for the challenges of serving on the Pardon Advisory Board," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I am pleased to appoint her to this important Board, and I know that her experience as one of the Department of Justice's top administrators will serve the Board well."


The Pardon Advisory Board reviews applications for executive clemency and makes recommendations to the governor on each request. As part of its review procedure, the board holds quarterly public hearings at which applicants and persons supporting or opposing the applications may be heard. At the conclusion of the hearing the board makes a recommendation on the application.


The Pardon Advisory Board consists of 7 members appointed by the governor, including one representative from the Department of Justice, one representative from the Department of Corrections, a public defender, a district attorney, and two public members.