JEFFERSON CITY, MORepresentative Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) announced Wednesday that he would be stepping down from his seat in the Missouri House to accept an appointment from Governor Greitens to the state Board of Probation and Parole.
Elected in 2010, Fitzwater would have entered into his last year in the legislature come January due to state term limits. The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole is responsible for determining whether a person confined in the Department of Corrections shall be paroled or conditionally released and for supervising all persons on probation and parole.
“Representing the people of my district has truly been an honor and I will miss the opportunity to work with so many great state and local leaders on a daily basis,” Fitzwater said. “I appreciate Governor Greitens providing me with an opportunity to continue my service to the state of Missouri.
During his tenure in the House, Fitzwater served as the Chairman of the Corrections and Public Institution Committee, which oversees issues relating to adult and juvenile penal and correctional problems, the administration of correctional institutions, and the state penitentiary.
Representative Fitzwater holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Tarkio College, and is a retired teacher and track and field coach from Potosi R-3 Schools.
“We are excited to have Paul join the Board of Probation and Parole, and for the experience he brings as Chairman of the Corrections and Public Institution Committee. While he will be missed in the legislature, I know he will serve our state with great integrity,” said Governor Greitens.
Fitzwater will become the first member of the Missouri House to receive an appointment under Governor Greitens.
Fitzwater stated that his office would continue to be open to assist with constituent issues that can now be addressed to his Legislative Assistant, Chris Dinkins of Annapolis, by email at Christina.Dinkins@ house.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-2112.