ALABAMA – The director of Alabama’s Bureau of Pardons and Paroles plans to resign from his position in November.
In a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey, Judge Charlie Graddick said he didn’t intend to stay in the position long term, and he “knows now is the time to step aside.”
Graddick said he plans to resign effective November 30 and he’s “leaving the Bureau much better than [he] found it, on firm footing and in the hands of some competent leadership.”
In a statement, Governor Ivey thanked Graddick for his service to the state, saying he rebuilt staff morale, improved field operations and upgraded technology to improve Parsons and Paroles.
“While more can and will be done to improve all aspects of the important mission of the Bureau, Judge Graddick has informed me that he feels Pardons and Paroles is in a good place to hand over these responsibilities to a new leadership team, one that will be able to continue to build on the progress that has been made over the past 14 months,” Ivey said.
Graddick was the first Board of Pardons and Parole’s director appointed by Ivey under a set of reforms the Legislature adopted last year. Those reforms were spurred by the early release of Jimmy Spencer, a convict with a violent history who is charged with killing three people in Guntersville after his release.
There was no immediate word on Graddick’s successor.