AUSTIN, Texas, July 11 (UPI) -- Another Texas official involved with the controversial raid on an polygamist ranch announced his retirement Friday.
Col. Thomas Davis Jr., head of the state Department of Public Safety, released a brief statement, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. His last day is to be Aug. 31, the same day that Carey Cockerell, director of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, retires.
Cockerell and Davis headed the two agencies involved in the raid in April on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in El Dorado. The ranch is owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway group that practices polygamy.
More than 400 children were seized after investigators said they found evidence that some underage girls had been forced into "spiritual marriages" with older men. But an appeals court later ruled that the state and a lower-court judge had acted too quickly to seize the children and ordered most of them returned to their parents.