Jail Administrator Resigns Position

Just weeks after he survived an attempt by a member of the Oklahoma County Jail Trust, jail Administrator resigned.

Rev. Derrick Scobey, then a newly-named member of the organization that supervises the jail administration, called for Administrator Williams to be fired.

His motion did not receive a second and did not succeed.

Under Administrator Williams, the jail became known for inmate deaths and escapes.

He announced his resignation on Dec. 6.

Jim Couch, chairman of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority, also known as the Jail Trust, said in a statement the trust had accepted Administrator Williams’ resignation and thanked him for his service.

He is expected to remain in the position until approximately the middle of next month, though his final work day has yet to be determined,” Couch said.

The trust took over operation of the jail from the county sheriff’s office in July 2020.

Since then, it has repeatedly come under fire because of inmate deaths, escapes and other incidents.

That criticism intensified after an inmate was shot and killed after taking a detention officer hostage in March 2021.

It was reported that five of the nine jail trustees testified last month before the state’s multi-county grand jury, which is looking into the jail’s operations.

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