Governor's Cabinet

Clark A. Harms, Board of Pardons and Parole

Clark Harms

Clark A. Harms was appointed chairman of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole in 2010. The Board of Pardons and Parole was created by the state constitution and exercises all executive clemency powers of the state. Executive clemency powers include the authority to pardon persons convicted of crimes, commute or reduce sentences, determine whether an inmate will be released from prison prior to the statutory expiration of their sentence, impose and amend conditions of parole, impose or remit restitution, fines, and fees, impose parole violation sanctions, and conduct hearings in order to make its determinations. The Board consists of five full-time members and up to five pro tempore members. The Board's executive agency was created and staffed to assist the Board with its constitutional duties. The Board Chair acts as chief administrative officer and executive director of the agency. The mission of the Board is to render just decisions by balancing victim needs, offender accountability, public safety and the interests of the State of Utah.

Harms was appointed to the Board in May 2006 and served as vice chair from May 2007 until his appointment as board chair. He is a member of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, where he serves on the Executive Committee as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission, the CCJJ Corrections Working Group and the Utah Interstate Compact Commission. In 2011, he served on the Utah Advisory Council on Optimizing and Streamlining State Government. After practicing law for several years, Harms joined the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office in 1995, where he served as Unit Chief of the Special Investigations, Gang Prosecution, and General Felony Units. He was also a Special Assistant U. S. Attorney from 1998 to 2006, a Special Assistant Utah Attorney General from 1997 to 2002, and a member of the Olympic Affairs Task Force.

In 2003, Harms received the Director's Award from the Executive Office at the U. S. Department of Justice. He has received commendations or public service awards from the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Utah Department of Corrections and the Utah Narcotics Officers Association. Harms is a member of the Utah State Bar, where he served on the Ethics and Discipline, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Courts and Judges, and Needs of Children committees. He is also a member of the bar of the U. S. District Court, District of Utah and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Harms holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.