Mark Strong, CEO of the special commitment center on McNeil Island where Washington state houses sexual predators deemed likely to reoffend, has resigned.
OLYMPIA — The head of the state’s special commitment center on McNeil Island has resigned.
KUOW reported last week that Mark Strong submitted his resignation on Friday. Strong served for more than two years as CEO of the island facility that houses sexual predators.
Strong said a leadership change was in the best interest of the facility. The state was threatened with a lawsuit last year over the treatment of mentally ill sex offenders at the special commitment center, which houses people who have been civilly committed after a court has determined them to be sexually violent predators likely to reoffend.
Also Friday, the Department of Social and Health Services announced it is moving the special commitment center’s headquarters from Steilacoom on the mainland to McNeil Island, where the actual facility is located.
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