- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The executive director of a prisons oversight committee who faces firing has been placed on administrative leave.

Joanna Saul, who runs the bipartisan Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, has been criticized by the panel’s chairwoman for her handling of a report about the prison system’s private food vendor.

Chairwoman Shirley Smith, a Democratic state senator from Cleveland, canceled a scheduled meeting Wednesday where the committee was to vote on Saul.

Smith says the committee has other issues to consider, including an update on a recent prison escape, and she doesn’t want to hold multiple meetings.

Smith says Saul was insubordinate for refusing to follow directions for distributing recommendations about changes to the state’s contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services.

A message was left with Saul, who has apologized to Smith.



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