published Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Correction official resigns after parole audit

NASHVILLE, — An assistant commissioner in the Department of Correction has resigned after an investigation found parole officers reported making checks on dozens of parolees who had been dead for months or years.

Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield said in a letter to lawmakers on Thursday that Gary Tullock, who was in charge of community supervision for the department, turned in his resignation after a state audit released this week found 82 parolees being checked were actually dead. That number has risen to 107 now, Schofield said.

Schofield said lawmakers were incorrectly told two parole officers who falsified records were fired. A review showed they had resigned from state service.

According to The Tennessean, Tullock had worked his way up from a parole officer and been in charge of the program since 2004.

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