Jeanne S. Woodford, who began her corrections career 28 years ago as a guard at San Quentin State Prison, is leaving her post as chief of the California prison system less than two months after the resignation of her predecessor, the Los Angeles Times reports. Her departure will leave Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger scrambling to find his third top correctional officer in the first four months of the year
Woodford, like her predecessor, has been frustrated by the lack of support she has received for her efforts to reform the scandal-ridden state corrections system, the paper said. Unnamed sources told the Times Woodford was particularly upset that Schwartzenegger’s top aides were consulting with officials of the powerful guards union about her candidates for top jobs in the system.