- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The director of a detention center in South Carolina has been given the top job at a Virginia jail that’s under federal investigation.

Local news media outlets report that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail board has picked Ronaldo Myers to serve as superintendent. Myers is currently the director of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Paul Perry, acting superintendent of a jail in Bowling Green, was also under consideration.

The U.S. Justice Department announced in December that it will investigate Hampton Roads Regional Jail amid criticism following the deaths of two inmates. Federal officials said they will determine whether inmates are receiving proper medical treatment and psychological services.

The Portsmouth NAACP had urged the board to reject Myers and Perry and keep searching for candidates.

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