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Ex-inmate hired to lead Pennsylvania pardons board’s office

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 A former legislative aide who did prison time for drug and weapons offenses is taking over as secretary to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons amid efforts to streamline the clemency process.

Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Monday announced the appointment of Brandon Flood to the $89,000-a-year administrative post.

Flood’s pardon was signed several weeks ago by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

The 36-year-old Flood spent nine years in prison after being convicted of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and a firearms violation.

The Steelton resident has been a policy aide at the Department of General Services, a lobbyist and executive director of the state House’s Legislative Black Caucus.

Flood says the pardons process can be streamlined and wants to improve public awareness. Other reforms will require legislative approval.

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