Terry E. Barnard is Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Mr. Barnard was re-elected to the position by his colleagues in May 2016 for an unprecedented third term. He will serve in the position through June 30, 2017. Mr. Barnard has served as Chairman since July 1, 2014. He served two one-year terms as Vice Chairman from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.
Mr. Barnard was appointed to the Parole Board in May 2010 and reappointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in December 2010 to a full seven-year term which will expire on December 31, 2017.
The former State Representative served nearly sixteen years in the Georgia House of Representatives prior to being appointed to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. During his eight-term tenure, the Coastal Georgia Lawmaker faithfully served the state as a member of several key House Committees to include Appropriations, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Children and Youth, Rules and State Institutions and Property, where he served as the distinguished Chairman for 6 years.
In 2012, Mr. Barnard was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the State Commission on Family Violence and he was reappointed in January of 2015. The commission works to educate and raise awareness about family violence in Georgia. The commission evaluates services, researches the need for additional services and offers and monitors proposed legislation concerning family violence.
Mr. Barnard also serves on the Board of Community Supervision. The board has regulatory oversight of the Department of Community Supervision which is responsible for the supervision of felony offenders on probation and parole.
Mr. Barnard joined the State Board of Pardons and Paroles with vast knowledge of the Georgia Department of Corrections from a legislative perspective. Passionate and persuasive, Rep. Barnard shepherded every bill introduced in the Georgia Legislature that had any impact on the Department of Corrections during his years in office.
In 1995-1996, Mr. Barnard guided through the Georgia House, the frame work for the State Sex Offenders Registry and Sexual Predators Review Board. Today with just a click of a mouse, interested parties may see if a convicted sex offender is living in a neighborhood of interest.
Mr. Barnard is a native of Tattnall County, having been born in Reidsville in 1957. He makes his home at Shellman Bluff on the Georgia Coast. He is a graduate of Atlantic Community College and has a strong background in business. He has owned and operated several businesses, among those a Real Estate Brokerage. With over eighteen years of experience in the financial industry, he served as Vice President and Manager of First Citizens Bank of Reidsville, and as a regional marketing director for Green Tree Acceptance, a national mortgage lender.
He is involved in a local Baptist Church and takes part in many community events and activities.