AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The director of a state agency in charge of supervising high-risk sex offenders has resigned amid broad criticism over the relocation of offenders to residential areas.

Allison Taylor, who stepped down Thursday as head of the Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management, is joining the Texas Health and Human Services Commission as a Medicaid investigator.

Taylor, who was facing termination, oversaw residential programs for more than 300 sex offenders who completed their sentences but were deemed too dangerous to be released.

She was criticized 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.