Zephyrhills warden retires amid state investigation

ZEPHYRHILLS — Amid an investigation into his "administrative judgment," the warden at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution told state officials Thursday that he would retire.

Sammy Hill, 58, has worked for the Department of Corrections since 1974.

The department's inspector general is wrapping up an investigation, the details of which won't be available until today, department spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff told the St. Petersburg Times.

"It has to do with one of his judgment calls at the prison," said Rackleff. She said she could not elaborate on details of the incident.

"Mr. Sammy Hill had indicated to us that he's going to retire," she said.

The prison, which currently houses 680 inmates, staffs more than 250 workers, according to the Department of Corrections Web site.

The facility, on Gall Boulevard about a mile south of the Zephyr­hills city limits, was established in the 1930s as a road prison. In 1972, it was converted to a work release center, and five years later was expanded to house adult male inmates, the Web site says.

In October 1999, Zephyrhills Correctional Institution also took on the mental health corrections institution mission.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

Zephyrhills warden retires amid state investigation 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:05pm]

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