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Warden fired at max-security western Md. prison

Tuesday - 2/4/2014, 5:30pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prison agency is firing the warden of the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Bobby Shearin tells the Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/1kLwAix ) that he was given a termination letter Monday. He says he was placed on administrative leave and will be terminated Feb. 17.

Shearin shared with the newspaper the letter signed by Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gregg Hershberger. An accompanying list of complaints alleges a failure of leadership and failure to address serious staff misconduct. It also says Shearin's leadership style was detrimental to staff and inmate safety.

The prison's security chief was reassigned last summer after Correctional Officer Herbert Hilliard was stabbed 10 times by an inmate.

Shearin has been warden at North Branch since 2009.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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