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By Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE — A veteran Suffolk County prosecutor is Gov. Charlie Baker’s first pick for a seat on the Parole Board, and his confirmation would mean a short tenure on the board for a member who is popular among the council that vets nominees.

Baker on Wednesday nominated Paul Treseler of West Roxbury to serve on the board that grants parole and supervises parolees. If confirmed by the eight-member Governor’s Council, Treseler, who is also a photographer, would serve as chair of the seven-member board.

Baker’s predecessor, Gov. Deval Patrick, last November named Charlene Bonner, a member of the board since 2011, as chair. Bonner has a doctorate in psychology and has specialized in forensic psychology and the addictive disorders, including a stint as director of ambulatory services at Bournewood Hospital in Brookline.

While Bonner would remain on the board if Treseler is confirmed, the nominee would fill a slot held by board member Lee Gartenberg, the former long-time director of inmate legal services at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

In June, a majority of the Governor’s Council pressed the Baker administration to reappoint Gartenberg, a holdover from Gov. Deval Patrick’s time in office, now that his term has expired.

Gartenberg had joined the board for a six-month stint to fill the remainder of a five-year term. “Mr. Gartenberg is more qualified than any other person in Massachusetts to be reappointed to the Parole Board,” Councilor Robert Jubinville said in June, reading a letter requesting Gartenberg’s reappointment that he then gave to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

The parole makes recommendations to the governor for pardons and commutations, conducts face-to-face parole release hearings, supervises more 8,000 parolees, and provides notice and assistance to thousands of victims and as well as reentry services to nearly 700 state offenders leaving custody with no post-release supervision.

The council on Wednesday scheduled an 11 a.m. confirmation hearing for Treseler on Sept. 2.

For 19 years, Treseler has worked as a prosecutor, supervising dozens of death investigations and trying more than 30 cases in district court and 30 more in Suffolk Superior Court. According to Baker’s office, Treseler worked on cases such as the MBTA Green Line “texting” crash and the state’s drug lab crisis involving tainted evidence.

Treseler has been chief of the Suffolk County district attorney’s office’s Narcotics Case Integrity Unit since 2012 and from 2005 until 2012 was chief of the Major Felony Bureau, overseeing the prosecution of cases involving shootings, drug trafficking, carjackings and kidnappings. The 1984 Boston Latin School and 1988 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate earned his law degree from Boston College in 1993 and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge David Nelson from 1993 until 1995.

A member of Baker’s transition team last year, Treseler has been a frequent donor to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s campaign and donated $200 to Baker’s 2010 campaign for governor and $500 to his 2014 campaign. Treseler has also donated in recent years to the campaign account of former Boston City Councilor John Connolly.

In a statement, Baker said that Treseler has “taken the lead on a number of high profile cases and has distinguished himself through his commitment to the law and achieving justice for victims of crimes.”

Councilor Marilyn Devaney in June also lavished praise on Gartenberg, telling Polito there is “no reason” why he should not get to retain his seat.

“It would be such a disservice to the citizens of Massachusetts to disqualify someone who is most qualified of anyone that I have ever voted on for the Parole Board in 16 years, and I say that without question,” Devaney said.

Polito thanked the councilors for their input at the June meeting.

“Obviously there is a process relative to appointment to the Parole Board,” Polito said. “Mr. Gartenberg, who is a holdover from the prior administration, continues to serve on the Parole Board and I’m assuming, based upon your letter, he will be seeking reappointment and will go through the process like other candidates to be considered.”

Six of the eight Governor’s Council members signed the letter requesting Gartenberg’s reappointment.