Gov. Fallin names Patricia High, city attorney, to Pardon and Parole Board

Governor Mary Fallin on Friday (July 25) announced the appointment of Patricia “Pattye” High to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Her appointment will take effect Monday (July 28). High will replace the late Currie Ballard and will serve the remainder of his term, which expires in January.

High, of Oklahoma City, is an attorney with her own law firm. She handles mostly civil cases and also has been appointed in Oklahoma County District Court to serve as a guardian for infants, minors and others in family domestic cases.

High previously served as a senior criminal felony prosecutor in the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office from 1989 to 2007. Her duties included being the child abuse and sexual assault division chief and serving as special prosecutor in death penalty cases. She also worked in the district attorney’s office that serves Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties.

High also served on the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training as a certified instructor of sexual assault investigation, First Amendment law, use of force, rules of evidence, and courtroom testifying for police officers.

“Patricia High is an accomplished attorney with nearly 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors,” said Fallin. “She is passionate about criminal justice and her many years of service reflect that. I believe she will serve on the pardon and parole board with an eye towards considering the rights of victims as well as potential parolees.”

In 2006, High received recognition as prosecutor of the year by the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association.

High earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.