- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Corrections is scheduled meet to discuss what happens after the agency’s director retires later this fall.

Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs announced last week that he will retire Nov. 1 after working nearly 40 years for the agency. The corrections board is set to meet Wednesday afternoon at the department’s training academy in England.

The board will first consider a motion to go into executive session in order to discuss in private the soon-to-be vacant director’s job.

Hobbs’ departure comes as the department is preparing to ask lawmakers next year for funding to build a $100 million maximum security prison to help ease overcrowding at local jails housing state inmates.

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