JACKSON, Miss.–He once presided over executions and was a big player in corrections reform bills earlier this year, but now former Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps has been disgraced, forced to resign Wednesday because of a federal investigation that may soon be coming to a head. Now federal agents have seized his property as part of that investigation.
The Clarion Ledger newspaper reported late Wednesday that Epps’ Mercedes cars, his $350,000 home, and a condo on the coast were seized by the feds.
There may also be a strong connection between Epps resignation and the tandem resignation of Rankin County School Board Pres. Cecil McCrory, whose companies Mississippi Correctional Communications, LLC and Correctional Communications LLC, do business or have done business with the MDOC.
Epps gave two resignation letters Wednesday. One was to the governor and the other to his former agency, MDOC.
Epps said in that letter that he loves the work he has done and the people he has worked with for the past 32 years.
He began serving as commissioner in 2002, appointed by then Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.