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Corrections Department Executive Director Rollin Cook on Friday filled the vacancies of two top probation and parole officials who resigned in the wake of errors that contributed to the release of parolees who committed new crimes in one case the killing of a police officer.
James Hudspeth, the former director of the department's Law Enforcement Bureau, was named the new director of the Division of Adult Probation and Parole.
Cook also made the following appointments:
Glenn Ercanbrack as the new regional administrator for Adult Probation and Parole Region 3, covering Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Jeremy Sharp as chief of the Department's Law Enforcement Bureau.
James Chipp as director of the Department's Inmate Placement Program.
On Feb. 11, Cook had accepted the resignations of Geri Miller-Fox, director of Adult Probation and Parole, and Wendy Horlacher, administrator for the division's Region 3.
Two days earlier, a parolee who disappeared from a halfway house allegedly stole a car and rammed a police cruiser before escaping on foot.
On Jan. 17, parolee Cory Lee Henderson who had absconded from the same halfway house shot and killed Unified Police Department Officer Doug Barney. Another officer was wounded in the shootout that killed Henderson.
And in a separate January incident, a parolee released after a misstep by parole officials was shot and wounded in a confrontation with police.
In Henderson's case, the Board of Pardons did not have accurate information about new charges against him when the board was considering his parole in November.
Gov. Gary Herbert last month announced a comprehensive review of Utah's probation and parole system and promised to fire any employees "derelict in their duties."
"We know that errors have occurred. We need to find out what has caused those, whether it's been ignorance or intentional, and these mistakes by employees are inexcusable," Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference.
Also last month, the Department of Corrections announced it had initiated a review of all of the halfway houses in the prison system. Herbert's audit will be broader and cover the way data is shared between state and local agencies, including how to ensure it is entered into state databases in a timely manner, and other aspects of the pardons and parole system.