An Altoona native and longtime narcotics agent was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
Randy Feathers, 53, current regional director with the Attorney General's Office's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and a former Altoona police officer, will now face confirmation by the state Senate before assuming the post.
"I'm honored Gov. Corbett has given me this great honor and the responsibility that goes with it, and I look forward to the Senate confirmation process," Feathers, a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, said after the announcement.
Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts said the state Senate reconvenes in mid-October with Feathers' confirmation hopefully competed by the end of the month.
If approved by the Senate, Feathers will have to leave the Attorney General's Office because probation and parole board members are not permitted to have other employment, according to the board's rules.
Feathers has been with the Attorney General's Office for 24 years - the last seven years as the regional director of the State College office. Prior to serving as an Altoona police officer, he was an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.
Feathers is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also graduated from the Metropolitan and Pennsylvania Municipal police academies and the Attorney General's Academy.
He is an active member of Operation Our Town and has served as a member of the Blair County Drug Court program and the Blair County Children and Youth Services Board.
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