OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones plans to resign effective Oct. 1.
Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says Jones made the announcement to members of his executive staff late Monday afternoon. Massie says Jones gave no reason for stepping down. Jones did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
The head of a group of corrections professionals, Sean Wallace, said Tuesday he believes Jones was forced out of his job. Wallace, executive director of Oklahoma Corrections Professionals, says Jones told him last week he believed his days as prison director were numbered.
Wallace says Jones told him Gov. Mary Fallin's office had stopped taking his phone calls in the weeks prior to his resignation announcement.
Fallin spokesman Aaron Cooper did not immediately return a phone call.
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