Oklahoma prisons chief stepping down - KTEN.com - Texoma news, weather and sports

Oklahoma prisons chief stepping down

Posted: Updated:
Oklahoma Department of Corrections director Joe Allbaugh announced his resignation on June 12, 2019. (KFOR/File) Oklahoma Department of Corrections director Joe Allbaugh announced his resignation on June 12, 2019. (KFOR/File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Joe Allbaugh is stepping down as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Agency spokesman Matt Elliott says the 66-year-old Allbaugh announced during Wednesday's board meeting that he's resigning, effective immediately, from the post he's held since 2016.

Known for his Marine-style haircut and straight talk, Allbaugh took over a state prison system with aging, overcrowded facilities and increased scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.

Allbaugh announced in March 2018 the agency would begin developing a plan to execute inmates using nitrogen gas, but no details have been released.

Allbaugh was a longtime Republican political operative in Oklahoma who headed up George W. Bush's gubernatorial campaign in Texas in 1994. He also managed Bush's presidential campaign in 2000 before being appointed head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Submit a News Tip

    Do you have a news tip for KTEN?

    Begin by entering your email address in the field below or call 903-548-4010

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Your news tip has been submitted. If you provided contact information, we might use it to reach out to you if additional information is required.