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Second Cypress Creek official resigns

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 29, 2000

LECANTO -- A second top-ranking official resigned from the Cypress Creek Detention Facility for juvenile offenders Tuesday, and corporate officials confirmed that a third recently resigned.

Vicki Vogleman, who was put in charge of Cypress Creek on Monday after administrator Derrick Witherspoon quit without notice, announced her own departure Tuesday. The resignations came after visits to Cypress Creek on Monday by top executives from Correctional Services Corp., the private company that runs the 60-bed juvenile detention center for the state. The executives were there to evaluate improvement plans at Cypress Creek after a poor state evaluation. During the visit, a disagreement took place, said Mike Garretson, chief operating officer for Correctional Services, which last year merged with Youth Services International.

Garretson confirmed that Mark Ruffner, another top administrator at Cypress Creek, resigned within the past two weeks, but said it was because he no longer wished to commute from Orlando. Paul Donnely, the company's senior vice president for Florida operations, who was one of the executives who visited Cypress Creek Monday, is overseeing its operations now along with several other company officials, Garretson said.

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