Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections director resigns
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has resigned from his role.
The Oklahoma DOC reports Patton has accepted a position in Arizona to be closer to family. Patton will resign from his role effective Jan. 31, 2016 but will go on accrued leave beginning Dec. 25.
"I appreciate the members of the board of corrections for their continued support during my time as director," Patton said. "It has been an honor to serve this agency, the state of Oklahoma and to work with the talented people who make up the department. It has also been a privilege to work with Governor Fallin and her staff on initiatives to improve corrections within the state."
In a statement, Governor Mary Fallin said she appreciated Patton's efforts to keep the state prisons safe for both officers and inmates.
"I regret his departure, but I understand the importance of family and the need to be close to loved ones. I wish him well in his future endeavors." Fallin said.