Braxton Cotton was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, effective November 15, 2013.
Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Cotton was the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Cotton served in the Georgia State Patrol for five years. He also worked as a deputy sheriff and as a detective in the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department where he won the 2004 Officer of the Year Award. During his time in the U.S. Army, he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University (Fort McPherson) and is currently studying to obtain his master’s in Public Administration. Mr. Cotton lives in Atlanta.