Boyd County jailer resigns after inmate deaths

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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Boyd County jailer Joe Burchett is out of a job after resigning, according to WKYT's sister station WYMT.

Burchett's resignation follows two deaths at the jail in just the last week. Prior to that, the jail has dealt with numerous issues -- including escapes, overdoses and even a riot.

Families of inmates have been concerned that people in the jail are not being taken care of.

Inmate Charles Finley died Sunday morning after an apparent drug overdose. Investigators say it was most likely fentanyl that killed him.

Two other inmates were recently taken to the hospital for overdoses after police think drugs got into the jail.

On Thursday, Michael Moore was found dead in the jail. Moore's cause of death is still under investigation.

Jailer Burchett is leaving his position effective immediately.

Bill Hensley, who was elected last month, will be sworn in as interim jailer, until Jan. 7 when he will begin his term.