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Pawlenty appoints Hassan to Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday the appointment of Abdallai "Abe" Hassan of Woodbury to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC).

Hassan is the director of training and MnDOT R.O.A.D.S. program manager with Merrick Community Services in St. Paul.

A native of Sudan, Hassan chairs the Ramsey County East African Task Force, advises the Ramsey and Hennepin County Attorney's offices on East African refugees and cultural affairs, is a member of the African American Leadership Council, St. Paul Police Department Advisory Council, Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board's Youth Council, East Metro OIC and the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator.

Hassan replaces Christine Bray, who resigned, to complete a four-year term that expires on January 3, 2011.

Pawlenty also appointed Felix Raymond Montez and reappointed William L. Collins, Jr., Freddie L. Davis-English, Kathryn S. Richtman, Richard Smith and Emily Tischer to the JJAC on Feb. 17.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee awards grants and carries out the state plan of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The committee consists of 18 members appointed by the Governor.