C. T. Wright Appointed Chairman Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, Hon. Mike Johnson Confirmed As New Board Member
STATE CAPITOL – Dr. C. T. Wright was recently appointed as chairman of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency by Governor Douglas A. Ducey. He has been on the board since 2014, replacing former Arizona Attorney General John A. “Jack” LaSota. In making the appointment Governor Ducey thanked him for his continued service to the State of Arizona and his “commitment to the board and its goals and objectives.”
In addition, former Phoenix City Councilman Mike Johnson’s appointment to the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency was confirmed by the Arizona State Senate last week. Johnson, a former Phoenix police detective and vice mayor of Phoenix was almost unanimously confirmed. The only member voting against Johnson was Senator Martin Quezada (D-29).
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Wright expressed his sincere appreciation for the confidence the governor has placed in him. He said, “It is with profound gratitude and utmost humility that I accept this appointment.” He went on to assure the governor, legislators and citizens that he will execute his duties and responsibilities in a fair and just manner in accordance with the constitution, statutes and policies.
Johnson also added, “I am looking forward to serving on the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency. This is a great opportunity to serve the people of Arizona. I want to thank Governor Ducey for nominating me for this prestigious board.”
This quasi-judicial body is designed to help protect the public safety for the citizens of Arizona. Its duties include granting parole to eligible offenders, revoking the parole or community supervision of violators and recommending clemency actions to the Governor.
In addition to serving on the Clemency Board, Dr. Wright is a member of the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board, Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging,
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona National Day of Prayer Group, Center for Political Thought and Leadership Advisory Board at Arizona State University, The Light of Hope Institute, Christians Teaching Wisdom, among others. In addition, he is the former president of the Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis Club and the Republican Club and in 2016 he was inducted into the Fountain Hills Hall of Fame.
Former Councilman Johnson has been active in the Arizona community for over three decades. In addition to his time with Phoenix Police and the Phoenix city council, he has served as chair of the Arizona African American Democratic Caucus, member of the Arizona Commission of African American Affairs and president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.