- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A key official at New Orleans’ troubled city jail is leaving the job for the second time in a year.

A Monday news release from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office says chief corrections officer Carmen DeSadier (deh-SAH-dih-ehr) stepped down last week to spend more time with her family.

She had resigned once before, in February, but returned as the Sheriff’s Office continued to struggle with court-ordered reforms. Her latest departure follows the suicide of a 15-year-old inmate.

It also comes as a court-approved “compliance director” settles into his job. Gary Maynard took over responsibility for the jail Oct. 1. He was appointed earlier this year after Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to cede authority over the jail to an outsider. Gusman was heavily criticized for slow progress in reforming the jail.

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