A Racine alderman has been tapped to lead the state’s Parole Commission.
John Tate II was announced Tuesday as the chairman of the commission.
Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Tuesday.
“Improving our parole system is an important part of reforming our criminal justice system and eliminating the racial disparities that have led to increased incarceration rates for people of color,” Evers said in a news release.
Tate, a lifelong resident of Racine, has been a 3rd District alderman in Racine since 2017. He has professional experience as a social worker, case worker and mental health care provider within the criminal justice system and in community health settings.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate. Tate will begin his work as Parole Commission chairperson on June 3, 2019.
State Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, and state Rep. Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha, praised the appointment.
“As an elected official and a social worker, Ald. Tate understands the challenges facing our criminal justice system and the importance of having a system that is capable of effective rehabilitation,” McGuire said. “I look forward to working with him to make our state more just and more safe.”
“I want to congratulate John Tate on this important appointment and applaud Gov. Evers for making a great choice,” Wirch said. “John’s background in social work and his leadership in the Racine community will serve the state well.
“It’s wonderful for Racine to have a voice on the commission, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than John Tate. I know he’ll do a great job.”
The Wisconsin Parole Commission is an independent commission under the umbrella of the state Department of Corrections.
The governor appoints the chairman of the Parole Commission to a two-year term.
The commission conducts interviews with eligible inmates in Department of Corrections custody to make independent decisions on the possibility of granting parole.