LOCK HAVEN -Deputy Warden David Harkey's employment at the Clinton County Correctional Facility has been terminated.
The firing was confirmed Thursday by the Clinton County commissioners, although the action was actually taken at the Clinton County Prison Board meeting the previous day.
Apparently, Harkey had been told several years ago that his employment with a vendor, Stroehmann Bakeries, could represent a conflict in connection with his duties to maintain food supplies with the prison.
When the question arose again Wednesday, a prison board member asked Harkey if he was still employed at the Williamsport-based business, and when Harkey replied in the affirmative, a motion was made for his dismissal.
The commissioners themselves declined comment, noting they aren't in charge of hiring or firing policies for the prison, and referred any questions to legal counsel, but given the "personnel" status of the issue, it's unlikely additional information will come to light.
Commissioner Adam Coleman did say, however, the warden was instructed to evaluate the situation and see if the position could be eliminated entirely and the duties assumed by other employees.
In other matters:
n The board confirmed the transfer of Shawn Dyroff from temporary correctional officer to full-time correctional officer.
n Richard Miller was hired as a full-time caseworker for Children and Youth Services at a salary of $34,568.
n John Lodek was hired as a summer employee in the assessment office at a rate of $11 per hour with the hours not to exceed $1,000 in a year.
n The board signed a proclamation honoring Janet Alling for her many years of service as director of STEP. The proclamation noted the growth in size, duties, complexity and employment that occurred under Alling's administration, and thanked her for her 38 years of service.
n The board attended to paperwork on behalf of the Mental Health Joinder in a grant program involving independent, assisted living for the severely disabled. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires an environmental impact study, regardless of the actual need, in connection with the grant, and the county agreed to act on the Joinder's behalf.
n Commissioner Tom Bossert talked about several tourism opportunities, including a "Ride for the Cure" in Renovo area that appears to open up the possibility of future events on state forest land involving ATV enthusiasts.
n The board signed a proclamation supporting summer reading programs sponsored by the Ross Library, which provided an extensive list of summer activities to those attending the county meeting.