New Executive Director named in state Sex Offender Management Office

A new executive director has been appointed for an embattled state agency in charge of supervising high-risk sex offenders upon their release from prison.

Marsha McLane, a program specialist for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, was appointed Saturday to head the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. The agency's former executive director, Allison Taylor, had stepped down on Thursday. She was under criticism by lawmakers and others for relocating offenders to neighborhoods in Austin and Houston without notifying residents. Drawing further scrutiny was a plan to build a detention facility in Liberty County, in Southeast Texas, without any advance notice to local officials.

The three-member board for the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management unanimously accepted Taylor's resignation on Saturday.