State parole board chairman, Mercer Co. native dead at age 58
A Mercer County native whom Gov. Tom Corbett recently tapped to head the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole passed away over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
Lloyd White, 58, of Harrisburg died of natural causes, said Sherry Tate, a spokeswoman for the board. Officials with the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office could not be reached.
“We’re still trying to deal with it,” a tearful Tate said. “He was a wonderful person. A good, kind, decent person.”
In September, Corbett appointed White as chairman of the board. White joined the board in 2001 and served as acting chairman from June 2011 to January 2012.
He formerly served as a police sergeant at Moravian College in Bethlehem and worked in the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department.
“Lloyd White was a dedicated public servant who embodied the law enforcement principle of duty before self and epitomized the professionalism and commitment we expect of public servants,” Corbett said in a statement. “He touched many lives in his work with the offender community throughout his career and most recently with his work at the Board of Probation and Parole. Lloyd will be greatly missed.”
White graduated from Sharon High School and continued to refer to Sharon as his hometown, Tate said.
“That is how he identified himself,” she said.
He later graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his municipal police officer certification and served as a campus police officer.
“He said when he became a parole officer that he found his calling,” Tate said. “He wanted to help make people’s lives better.”
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or [email protected].