LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rodney Ballard, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, has resigned, according to a spokesperson for the state's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

"Commissioner Ballard has tendered his resignation to pursue a private sector venture," Mike Wynn, the director of communications for the department, said in a statement. "We thank him for his service and will immediately begin our search for a permanent replacement. In the interim, Deputy Commissioner Jim Erwin will be overseeing operations."

Ballard, who has a 36-year career in law enforcement, assumed the role of Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections in March 2016, replacing then-Commissioner LaDonna Thompson.

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