Governor Wolf Appoints Theodore W. Johnson Chairman of Probation and Parole Board February 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today appointed Theodore W. “Ted” Johnson chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole effective today. Johnson has served as a board member since 2016. He replaces Leo Dunn, who served as chairman since 2016 and will now return to the board as a member until his term expires in 2024.“I am pleased to appoint Ted, a seasoned and experienced professional working with the inmate and parolee population in Pennsylvania, who will take on the responsibility of chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to working with him and to seeing how his leadership continues to move the board forward.”Statute states that the board chair “shall direct the operations of the Board and fulfill the functions established by the Act. Preside at all meetings of the Board and perform all the duties and functions of the chair thereof.” The board serves as the exclusive and independent decision-making body with regard to decisions to parole, re-parole, commit and recommit for violations of parole and to discharge persons sentenced by any court at any time to imprisonment in a correctional institution.Johnson, an Erie native and Pittsburgh resident, most recently served as deputy director of THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc. in Pittsburgh, and has served as an adjunct profession teaching undergraduate courses in criminal justice and intelligence studies at Point Park University. He previously worked in the U.S. Courts in the Western District of Pennsylvania Office as chief of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services and as an Erie County and Allegheny County probation officer.Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in leadership from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. He sits on the board of trustees for Grove City College in Grove City and the U.S. Attorney’s Community Police Relations Committee, and is a founding member of Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder (MAD DADS). He is a past president of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
“I love doing NASCAR and want to keep doing that, but this is a lot of fun to do every now and then to have a change of pace and see how they do things.” Although Grala was disappointed with Friday’s results in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, he said he leaves the track hopeful of good news soon and to announce plans to race in the upcoming Xfinity Series schedule.Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It may still be three weeks until the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, but there is a distinct NASCAR presence at Daytona International Speedway this weekend for IMSA’s Rolex 24 endurance race (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be working for the NBC Sports crew covering the Rolex 24, a race he competed in twice. His newest NBC broadcast teammate, AJ Allmendinger, will be pulling double duty at Daytona — working on television and racing in the No. 86 GTD Class Acura NSX GT3 for Meyer Shank Racing. It is the 13th Rolex start for Allmendinger, a former Monster Energy Series race winner who recently stepped away from full-time NASCAR competition. He was a member of the 2012 overall winning Rolex team and he is co-driving with another NASCAR veteran this weekend, Justin Marks — a former NASCAR Xfinity Series race winner. “For me, it’s an honor to be a part of NBC Sports and have this opportunity,” Allmendinger said. ROLEX 24: TV schedule, live stream info, qualifying results”I’ve still got a lot of work to put in (for television), but I’m learning from two of the best [in veteran sportscar broadcasters Leigh Diffey and Calvin Fish]. It’s unique this weekend, kind of running back and forth. Usually, before the race, you’re kind of standing around a lot, don’t have a lot of time before you get in the race car, but they’ve definitely got my schedule busy and I’m enjoying it. I have this unique challenge and I feel really fortunate.”Looking at this Saturday and Sunday schedule, they didn’t write in anywhere that I’m sleeping, so trying to get as much sleep as I can on Wednesday and Thursday and tonight,” he said, smiling. “It’s awesome, though. The Rolex 24 is one of my favorite races I’ve ever been a part of.” Joining Allmendinger and Marks on the grid is another former Cup driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, who now leads one of Acura Team Penske’s full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships efforts. Austin Cindric, a 19-year old Team Penske Xfinity Series star, will co-drive a GTD class Lexus for the AIM Vasser Sullivan team in the Rolex 24. He warmed up with a fifth-place finish in Friday afternoon’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race, teaming with another NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Chase Briscoe. NASCAR HALL OF FAME: Enshrinement another box checked for Roger PenskeLast season’s Xfinity Series championship runner-up, Cole Custer, competed in Friday’s race, teaming with part-time NASCAR driver Ty Majeski and Scott Maxwell to earn a ninth-place finish. Another popular NASCAR driver, Kaz Grala, made his second start in the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Race, but his Grand Sport (GS) class Audi had mechanical problems and he finished 39th in the 49-car field. “This was definitely a wild one, an eventful weekend,” Grala said, smiling. “I just like to come do this because it’s a total change of pace. There are very few similarities between the NASCAR garage and over here in IMSA. read more