Missouri prison head won't seek to work under next governor

     (AP) – Missouri’s Department of Corrections director says

he’s withdrawing his application to continue heading the agency under the next

governor following calls for him to leave.

     Director George Lombardi in Thursday emails obtained by The Associated Press

announced plans to leave when Gov. Jay Nixon’s term ends. He says he’ll go with

as much dignity as he can muster.

     Alternative weekly newspaper The Pitch first reported that Missouri between

2012 and 2016 paid more than $7.5 million on settlements and judgments related

to those alleging harassment and retaliation in the department.

     Republican House Rep. Paul Fitzwater says he and other lawmakers advocated for

Lombardi to continue as director under Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.

     Fitzwater says they’ve abandoned support.

     House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty on Thursday called for Lombardi to



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