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Governor Chris Sununu Announces New Leadership on Adult Parole Board

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2019

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Concord, NH - Today, Governor Chris Sununu announced that he is designating Jennifer Sargent as the new Chairman of the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board effective January 15, 2020. Outgoing Chairman Donna Sytek will stay on the Adult Parole Board as a member.

Jennifer Sargent is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She previously served as the Disciplinary Counsel at the New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of Attorney Discipline, where she served as the chief prosecutor for the State of New Hampshire in attorney discipline cases. In 2002, Jennifer was appointed to the New Hampshire District Court and served as a Special Justice in Littleton, Lancaster and Haverill, New Hampshire. She also previously worked at the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office, ultimately serving as Managing Attorney, where she oversaw all attorneys, investigators, and support staff in the Grafton and Coos County Offices of the Public Defender.

“I would like to thank Chairman Sytek for her years of dedication and service to the parole board, and I’m excited to designate Jennifer as the new chairman” said Governor Chris Sununu. “With her deep experience in the criminal justice system as a judge, public defender, and prosecutor, I am confident Jennifer will usher in a new era at the Parole Board.”

“During my eight years on the parole board I have had the privilege of serving with a dedicated and conscientious group of colleagues and staff,” said outgoing Chairman Donna Sytek. “Together we have professionalized our proceedings, collaborated with stakeholders, and learned best practices from experts while dealing with a crushing and increasingly complex workload. I look forward to welcoming the additional support staff authorized in the last budget and working with our new chairman to continue to improve and modernize our operation.”

"I’m honored to be the Chairman of the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board," said Jennifer Sargent. "Community safety and effective offender reentry is of paramount concern to everyone, and I look forward to leading a Board that prioritizes those issues."

Per RSA 651-A:3, the Governor designates a current member of the board to serve as chairman. Jennifer Sargent was confirmed as an Adult Parole Board member at the November 25th, 2019 Governor and Council meeting, and will take over as Chairman on January 15, 2020.