Gov. Norm Bangerter has chosen H.L. "Pete" Haun to serve on the state Board of Pardons, officials said.

Haun, currently the chief U.S. probation officer in Salt Lake City, also will become chairman of the three-member board, which decides whether prisoners should be paroled.Haun, 52, replaces Gary Webster, who originally was appointed by former Gov. Scott Matheson and whose term has expired.

"Pete is very professional and highly thought of," said Mark Jones, director of the Governor's Committee on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.