CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) – The jailer at a troubled Kentucky detention center has resigned near the end of his term following two inmate deaths over a four-day period.
The Independent reports Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett submitted a resignation letter Monday saying it had been an honor to serve.
County officials immediately appointed jailer-elect William Hensley, who was expected to take office on January 7.
The jail has been plagued by problems for more than a year. Local prosecutors began investigating in 2017, citing issues that included inmates fighting with guards and setting fire to items, multiple escapes and several overdoses.
County officials asked Burchett to resign in January, but he declined. He was indicted the following month on a charge of malfeasance.
Last week, an inmate was found dead at the jail and on Saturday another inmate died.