- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Department of Corrections says state Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has resigned.

Corrections officials say Epps is leaving the prison agency immediately after 12 years as commissioner and 32 years of state service. The department says he will move to retired status.

The 53-year-old Epps worked his way through the ranks of the department and was appointed commissioner by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove n 2002. He was a deputy commissioner for community programs at the time.

Epps stayed on as commissioner through the administrations of Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant.

Bryant says he has begun the search for an interim commissioner.

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