Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Thursday, March 03, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The board oversees the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Lawrence ‘Larry' Gist of Beaumont is senior criminal district judge in the Jefferson County Drug Impact Court, and a certified specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is chair of the Judicial Advisory Council, past chair of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section, and a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, Texas Probation Association and Texas Corrections Association. He is also a board member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association Foundation, past president of the Beaumont Senior Citizens Association and an executive committee member of the Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Gist received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the University of Texas.

Tom Mechler of Amarillo is a professional engineer and president of Manna Services Inc. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Association of Petroleum Landmen. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Texas Prison System. Mechler received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is being reappointed.

Leopoldo R. Vasquez III of Houston is executive vice president of Maximus Coffee Group LP. He is past chairman of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Commission and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also a graduate of Leadership Houston and the Center for Houston's Future programs. Vasquez received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and Master of Business Administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is being reappointed.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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