Shelby Co. says corrections director resigned after relationship - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former corrections dir. accused of misconduct: 'I was senseless, ignorant'

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The county brought in an outside investigator to look into the employee's allegation against Coleman. The county brought in an outside investigator to look into the employee's allegation against Coleman.

(WMC-TV) - The resignation of the Shelby County Corrections Director follows an allegation of relationship misconduct from an employee he worked with, according to the public affairs officer Thursday.

In an earlier news release, the county said James Coleman resigned for personal reasons. Coleman opens his resignation letter sent to Mayor Mark Luttrell Monday quoting the Bible.

" 'I was senseless and ignorant,' is how Psalms 73 verse 22 begins and this describes my actions when I allowed satan to win a battle in my life," he wrote.

He continued to say later in the letter, "I lost my way for a brief moment, I have repented of my sins to God, my wife, daughter and my church family." Read his full resignation letter here.

An outside investigation into the employee's allegation against Coleman is underway.

Coleman, a county employee since 2001, was appointed Director of Corrections in 2010. He formerly served as assistant chief of jail operations and later chief jailer at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy will oversee corrections center operations until an interim director of corrections is appointed.

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