Maryland Parole Commission Members that released convicted killer Keith Allen Green & sex offender ten years before his term was complete and allowed him to live next door to a school playground



Sharon Trexler Begosh – appointed in June 2015; term will expire on December 2 0 18. Commissioner Begosh graduated Magna Cum laude from the University of Maryland with a BA degree in Criminology. She was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society at that time due to her academic accomplishments. She began her career with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation where she rose to the rank of Agent Senior. She was hired by the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation as a founding member of the Pretrial Services Agency. During her tenure with Montgomery County, she held various positions such as Pre-Trial Caseworker, Supervisor for the Drug Intervention Program, and ultimately as Chief of the Pretrial Division. Mrs. Begosh retired from county service after twenty-six years.

David R Blumberg- Chairman- appointed October 2003; appointed Chairman July 1, 2004; re-appointed in 2010; re-appointed in 2016, the term will expire in December 2021. Chairman Blumberg received a BA degree in Political Science from Loyola College and an MS degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland. For twenty years, he was the director of the Baltimore City Detention Center Enoch Pratt Library. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Hopkins Club and President of Santa Claus Anonymous. In May 2015, Chairman Blumberg was recognized by the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the worldwide organization representing all releasing authorities, with the Ben Baer Award. This award is established to recognize and reward an individual who has demonstrated significant service in the field of parole or community corrections. Chairman Blumberg was elected on July 1, 2018, to be the President of APAI.

John W. E. Cluster Jr. – appointed August 2016; term to expire December 2021. Born in Baltimore Maryland, graduated Catonsville High School 1972 and attended Essex Community College. Commissioner Cluster is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from July 2003 to January 2007, January 2011 to July 2016; resigned from membership in July 2016. While serving in the House of Delegates, he was honored to be named Legislator of the year many times from the law enforcement community. As a member of the House, he served in both the House Environmental Matters from 2003-2007 and House Judiciary Committees 2011- 2016. Prior to the House Delegates, Commissioner Cluster worked as the director of Facilities at the Department of Juvenile Services, 2003. Member, Charles H. Hickey Jr., School Advisory Board, 2 0 0 5 – 0 7. Chair, Maryland Correctional Enterprises Management Council, 2 0 15 -16.

Steven J. Deboy Sr. – appointed January 2017; term to expire December  2022. Commissioner Deboy graduated from Catonsville Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice; also graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Commissioner Deboy graduated from the Baltimore County Police Department Academy in 1977 and served as a police officer and detective for over twenty years before retiring in 1995. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003-2015 as a representative of Baltimore and Howard Counties. During his legislative tenure, he served on the House Appropriations Committee and championed legislation promoting public safety for law enforcement, the fire service, and corrections. Upon his retirement from the legislature, he was asked to serve as Deputy Legislative Officer for Governor Larry Hogan. Stationed in the Governor’s legislative office, he was responsible for the public safety agenda before the Maryland General assembly.

John R. Greene – appointed to an interim term in July 2015; term will expire in December 2018. Before joining the Maryland Parole Commission, Commissioner Greene served as Director of Safety and Security for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). In January 2013, Commissioner Greene retired as an Assistant Bureau Chief of the Maryland State Police (MSP) with a combined twenty-six years of law enforcement and military experience.

While serving with the MSP, Commissioner Greene commanded the following units: Drug Enforcement Division, Internal Affairs Section, Administrative Hearing Section and also served as the Executive Officer for the Field Operations Bureau. Commissioner Greene serves on the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board. Commissioner Greene has earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Business Management and an A.A. Degree in Criminal Justice.

Donna M. Hill-appointed to an interim term on September 20 10, and re-appointed in March 2014; term will expire in December 2019. Commissioner Hill earned an AA degree in Paralegal Studies from the Prince Georges Community College, a BA degree in Afro -American studies from the University of Maryland College Park, an MS degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland College Park. Also, in September 2015, Commissioner Hill earned her certification as a Sherpa Executive Coach. Commissioner Hill is an ordained Minister, a trained counselor, and a former Business School Principal. Commissioner Hill is also a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s County. In addition, she served as a member of the Prince Georges Community College Foundation Board from 2010-2012. In2011, Commissioner Hill was appointed by the Maryland Parole Commission to briefly serve as a member of the Re-Entry Feasibility Committee governed by the Circuit Court of Prince Georges County.

Jason Keckler -appointed in January 2018; term will expire January 2023. Commissioner Keckler retired from the Frederick Police Department as a Lieutenant with 22 years of service. He possessed numerous certifications and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and International Association of Ethics Trainers. He remains actively involved in the FBI National Academy Associates. Commissioner Keckler is a graduate of the 2 4 6 the Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In addition to holding college degrees from Frederick Community College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he possesses a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He formerly represented the Frederick Police Department on the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless and the Frederick Police Activities League Board of Directors.

Jane Chace Miller- appointed September 2016; term expires December 2021. Commissioner Miller is an attorney with a background in family law and criminal defense. She previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and as a Special Prosecutor in several other Maryland counties. Commissioner Miller is a Member of the Maryland State Bar Association and former President of her local Bar Association. Commissioner Miller is the former President of the Chesapeake Women’s Network and is a currently on the United Way’s Board of Directors . She also donates her time to Bosom Buddies, Inc.

Christopher J. Reynolds – appointed to an interim term in April 2011; re-appointed in January 2012; term expired in December 2017; will serve until re-appointed or replaced by the Governor. Commissioner Reynolds has been engaged in the private practice of law for over 45 years in the District of Columbia and Maryland. He has been active in a number of civic and community groups serving in leadership positions and giving guidance on governance issues. When he is not working on with the Parole Commission, he is a volunteer for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) serving on numerous committees and in several leadership roles.

John D. Smack- appointed in August 2016: term expires in December 2020. Commissioner Smack retired in July 2016 from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at the rank of Chief Deputy with 29 years of law enforcement experience. Commissioner Smack served as a commander in Patrol, SWAT, and Special Operations. Smack received additional training from the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development. Smack was elected as an Orphans’ Court Judge for Worcester County in 2006, 2010 and2014. In 2014 Smack was appointed by Governor Hogan as the Chief Judge until his current appointment. He has served with several organizations in his community as a member of the Board of Directors and also as President.

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