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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Community Corrections Board

Friday, May 3, 2013

LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Deborah Smith-Olson, of Baldwin, and William Nichols, of Temperance, to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

The 13-member board serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and is charged with approving many components of community corrections programs.  


"I thank Deborah and William for their willingness to serve our state in these important roles," said Snyder.


Smith-Olson is president and CEO of Lake-Osceola State Bank, a position she has held since 1987. She also is involved with many community organizations, including the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the Baldwin Downtown Development Authority. Smith-Olson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Grand Valley State University and studied at the University of Wisconsin's Bank Administration Institute. She will represent the general public and replaces Dennis McMurray.


Nichols is serving his third term as Monroe County prosecutor, and has worked in the prosecutor's office since 1993. He previously worked at the Lennard, Graham and Goldsmith law firm. Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He will represent county prosecuting attorneys and replaces Stuart Dunnings.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire March 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.