Oklahoma County jail administrator Greg Williams expected to resign, ending a troubled tenure




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  • 2022-12-01 21:12:16Z
  • By The Oklahoman

The administrator of the Oklahoma County jail is expected to resign, ending a troubled tenure marked by more than 35 inmate deaths, a hostage situation and repeated failed heath inspections.

Greg Williams may step down as early as Monday, four weeks after surviving a call for him to be fired.

The trust that runs the jail may vote Monday on the "possible acceptance of the possible resignation of Greg Williams," according to an agenda posted Thursday.

Five of the nine trustees testified Nov. 9 before the state multicounty grand jury that has been looking into issues involving the jail.

More:Oklahoma County jail fails another health inspection with 24 repeat deficiencies cited

A special prosecutor advising the grand jury plans to attend the trust meeting Monday.

Williams was hired to be the administrator even before the trust took over operations of the aging 13-story facility west of downtown Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma County jail administrator Greg Williams speaks during a 2021 news conference after an inmate was killed during a hostage situation.
Oklahoma County jail administrator Greg Williams speaks during a 2021 news conference after an inmate was killed during a hostage situation.  

The trust took over on July 1, 2020, after promising conditions there would improve.

Overcrowding has eased, but the trust has faced many of the same problems sheriffs have dealt with since the jail opened in 1991. It also has faced new ones brought on by the pandemic and the fentanyl crisis.

Williams struggled to find and keep detention officers. He had to fire some for mistreating inmates, neglecting their duties or bringing in contraband.

More:Death toll rises at troubled Oklahoma County jail

He faced sharp criticism over a number of high-profile incidents including the hostage situation last year.

That incident ended when an Oklahoma City police officer shot an inmate who was holding a makeshift knife to a detention officer's throat. The inmate died.

The Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City is shown on May 11.
The Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City is shown on May 11.  

Twice under his watch, an inmate was beaten to death by another inmate. In July, a handcuffed inmate awaiting her release was raped by an unsupervised male inmate in the booking area.

Williams also has faced criticism over remarks he made in a private conversation a year ago.

"COVID is our friend," he said while discussing improvements to the jail paid for by federal pandemic funds.

The private conversation was recorded because Williams had not hung up after leaving a voicemail.

More:Investigative panel resumes look at troubled Oklahoma County jail

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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