HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Senate Wednesday unanimously confirmed Franklin County Jail Warden John E. Wetzel's appointment to the state Board of Pardons.
Wetzel, 38, was named to serve as the corrections expert on the five-member board, which meets nine times per year to review applications for pardons and commutations and make recommendations to the governor.
"I have enormous confidence in John's expertise and experience in corrections," said Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, who serves on the board.
Other board members include the state attorney general; a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist; and a victim representative.
"I'm just so honored to be offered the position ... It's still kind of surreal," said Wetzel, who was hired as the warden in 2002. Wetzel said his hearing for the 14-member Senate Judiciary Committee was Tuesday.