Colorado director of prisons, Mark Flowers, resigns after 4 months on the job

DENVER - The CALL7 Investigators have confirmed the Director of Prisons for the Colorado Department of Corrections has resigned after just four months on the job.

In an email sent to DOC employees just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday  and obtained by CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta, Mark Flowers said:

"All, I will be resigning today. I appreciate all that you have done and will continue to do. Thank you for accepting me as your Director, but today will be my last day. Stay professional."

Flowers' resignation comes just one day after an inmate from the Skyline Correctional Center near Canon City escaped and was later apprehended.

It's the latest shake up at the DOC since parolee Evan Ebel murdered former Prison's Chief Tom Clements and family man Nate Leon in March.

According to his bio on the DOC website, Flowers was hired as Director of Prisons on May 6.  He most recently worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In Colorado, Flowers oversaw 19 state and five private prisons, as well as education programs, emergency management and food and laundry services.

The DOC recently named Rick Raemisch as Executive Director, the top job at DOC, replacing Tom Clements.

It is not clear yet who will replace Flowers.