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For Immediate Release 12.03.2019

Governor Hutchinson Announces Intent to Appoint Wendy Ryals to the Parole Board

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intention to appoint Wendy Ryals to the Arkansas Parole Board. Ryals will replace Dawne Vandiver. Her term will begin on January 15, 2020, and expire on January 14, 2027.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“Wendy Ryals’s training and first-hand experience as a law-enforcement officer will enhance the Parole Board’s oversight of offenders as they re-enter the community. This appointment is consistent with the new requirements of Arkansas law that recommend parole board members to have experience in the criminal justice system. Wendy combines this experience with a heart for people that will serve her well as she takes on this critical responsibility. I am grateful that she is willing to put her skills to work in this important task.”

Wendy Ryals issued the following statement:

“My heart has always been committed to God, my family, and my community. I am honored that Governor Hutchinson has chosen me to be one of the next commissioners to serve on the Arkansas Parole Board. After 22 years of service to the State, I am excited to continue serving the citizens of Arkansas in such an important position.”

Wendy Ryals has served with the Arkansas State Police for more than twenty years. She received law enforcement training from the Arkansas State Police Training Academy, the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, the Ohio Training Academy, and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. She received a letter of commendation from Arkansas State Police Colonel Tom Mars in 1999.

Ryals is a professionally certified and licensed Arkansas State Trooper who has served in numerous positions including highway patrol in Troop A, the recruitment department, and the director’s office in her tenure with the State Police. She also attended Remington College, and she worked with the Arkla Gas Company for five years before she joined the Arkansas State Police.

Ryals is a member of the Arkansas State Police Association and Sheriffs Wives Association of Arkansas. She has served as a board member for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, the Festival of Chairs, and the Heroes of Hope Race. Ryals lives in Conway with her husband, Tim. 

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