- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - The departing head of Oklahoma’s prison system has been hired for a top administrative post at a privately operated state prison in northwestern Arizona.

Oklahoma Corrections Director Robert Patton announced Friday he is resigning and has accepted a position in Arizona to be closer to family.

Patton didn’t specify the Arizona job, but Boca Raton, Florida-based GEO Group said Monday that Patton will be deputy warden at Arizona’s Kingman prison.

Arizona hired GEO Group in October to operate the Kingman prison after ousting the previous operator after July riots caused nearly $2 million in damages. GEO Group took over operations last week.

In Oklahoma, Patton presided over two botched lethal injections and a third that was called off because the wrong drug was delivered. He’s departing amid an investigation into what went wrong with the executions.

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