JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps is resigning. Governor Phil Bryant’s spokesperson confirmed that Bryant has received Epp’s letter of resignation and it was accepted. Bryant has now begun the process to look for an interim commissioner.
Epp’s letter reads:
Please accept this letter as my resignation as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. I am retiring effective immediately today, Nov. 5, 2014.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve under your leadership since Jan. 11, 2012.
According to sources close to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Epps is the target of a federal investigation.
Epps has served as commissioner since 2002 and was first appointed by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.