Mississippi State Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps abruptly resigned amid a federal investigation as a U.S. Attorney moved to seize his $359,000 home, his beachfront condo, and two Mercedes Benz sedans, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Epps quit his $132,700-a-year job yesterday and is expected to appear in federal court today. Investigation of Epps has been ongoing for several years.
Epps, 53, is the longest serving corrections commissioner in the the state’s history, appointed by then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2002. He serves as president of both the American Correctional Association and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Epps started his career in 982 as a correctional officer at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He has been in the news recently in a month-long Clarion-Ledger series on widespread problems in the state’s correctional system.