The warden of the state prison from which two inmates escaped earlier this month has retired.
Mario Peart had been reassigned to central administration as an investigation into the escape of Armon Dixon and Timothy Clausen got underway. The two escaped from the Lincoln Correctional Center in a laundry truck bound for the Tecumseh state prison. They cut a hole in the translucent fiberglass roof before the truck left Lincoln.
Officers captured Dixon in Lincoln the next day. They caught Clausen in Omaha five days later.
Both Dixon and Clausen have been returned to custody where they are serving time for sexual assault.
Peart had been with the Department of Correctional Services for 39 years. He began his career in 1977 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln as a counselor. His retirement is effective at the beginning of next month.
Peart served as warden of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center before becoming warden at LCC.