Parole Commissioners

Bill Fowler

Willis J. Fowler
 

Commissioner Bill Fowler, who has been chairman since Feb. 13, 2017, served as a Raleigh police officer and detective from 1964-1972 before joining the Department of Correction as a parole officer. After the state's parole and probation supervision systems were merged, he supervised both probationers and parolees for many years. In 1983, Fowler was promoted to a parole hearing officer. He was a chief parole hearing officer when Gov. Mike Easley appointed him to the Parole Commission in July 2005.
James Forte

James L. Forte
 

Commissioner James L. Forte has more than 25 years of service in state government that includes serving as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Director of Internal Operations and Legislative Affairs with the Office of the State Auditor, Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources with the Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources and Assistant Commissioner for the DMV. Forte also has 12 years in banking management with Wachovia Bank.
Danny Moody

 Danny Moody

Commissioner Danny Moody served as the chief of protocol, historian and special collections librarian for the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2004 through 2013. He established and led the NC Supreme Court's Historical Society, serving as its executive director. Prior to this, Moody was the chief hearing officer for License and Theft in the Enforcement Section of the Division of Motor Vehicles within the North Carolina Department of Transportation.


  Graham Atkinson

Commissioner Graham Atkinson was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper on March 24, 2017. He has more than 30 years of service as a law enforcement officer with the Surry County Sheriff's Office, including sheriff from 2006 until his retirement in April 2017. He served as a patrol deputy, detective, narcotics investigator, chief of detectives and county's first DARE officer in 1990. He served on the executive board of the NC Sheriffs' Association for several years, and was president in 2016-17. Atkinson also served two terms on the Surry County Board of Education, including three years as chairman. He is a graduate of Surry Community College and Gardner-Webb University.