Ohio Prison Director and Chillicothe resident Gary Mohr announced his retirement Friday.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the state's long-serving director was "disheartened" that he couldn't meet his goal of reducing Ohio's inmate population, now at almost 50,000. Governor John Kasich appointed Mohr in January of 2011.
The prison agency’s managing director of health care and fiscal operations Stuart Hudson will take over as interim director. He is a former warden of the Pickaway Correctional Institution.
The Dispatch reports 65-year-old Mohr said he plans be a consultant for the North Carolina prison system, where five correction officers have been killed during the past year.
Mohr had been warden of the Ross Correctional Institution and Chillicothe Correctional Institution.