Six months into operation, the State’s new Pretrial Enforcement Division (PED) is seeing a change in leadership.

Geri Fox resigned from her position of Director Monday, according to Department of Corrections (DOC) spokesperson Megan Edge.

Edge said Fox’s reason for stepping down is a personal one.

“She’s working on her Ph.D. and needs to write her dissertation,” Edge explained, “We support her. She did an impossible job standing up this Division.”

Fox’s now open position is being filled by Jason Whetsell, who’s serving as acting director for the time being.

According to Edge, Whetsell was born and raised in Cordova and has spent most of his career working in public service, including 22 years in law enforcement and serving as Chief of Police in Cordova.

Whetsell was most recently working as an investigator in the DOC’s Professional Conduct Unit.

Fox oversaw the creation of PED— a new division tasked with supervising some individuals charged with crimes who are released before trial, and implementing the controversial risk assessment tool.

Her last day is September 7.

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