Supervisor of troubled Orange County home confinement program to retire

Unit supervisor to retire amidst program controversy

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The former supervisor of the troubled Orange County home confinement program has announced her retirement on Wednesday, according to Orange County jail spokesman Steve Triggs.

Garnett Ahern, the unit supervisor for the county's home confinement program, announced her retirement just weeks after an internal investigation found that she was among the responsible for the lack of monitoring Bessman Okafor.

Ahern's retirement is effective May 25, Triggs said, and until that date she will be on personal leave.

Investigators say Okafor shot and killed witness Alex Zaldivar, who was slated to testify against him at trial, while Okafor was on GPS monitoring.

Zaldivar's death sparked a federal and internal investigation into Orange County jail and the Easter shooting in Apopka by a man on GPS monitoring by a private company resulted in Judge Belvin Perry suspending GPS tracker use in new criminal cases.

The head of Orange County Corrections Michael Tidwell, along with Deputy Director of Corrections Jill Hobbs, have both resigned in wake of the controversy.

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