Iowa governor taps prosecutor to lead parole board

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is making another change in leadership at the Iowa Board of Parole, tapping a western Iowa county prosecutor to serve as its chairman.

Branstad on Tuesday named Dickinson County Attorney Jason Carlstrom of Spirit Lake to lead the board starting Sept. 3.

Carlstrom will replace Doris Kelley, who was elevated from vice chair to chair earlier this year when Branstad demoted longtime chairwoman Elizabeth Robinson.

Kelley will return to her role as vice chair and Branstad praised her “outstanding work during this transition.”

Carlstrom says he will “look to find effective, efficient and streamlined operations” that follow through with Branstad’s push to improve the board’s services.

The five-member board makes decisions on when inmates should be released from prison in favor of work release or parole.