- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The former operations administrator of the regional jail in Devils Lake has filed a complaint with the state over her firing last month.

Denny Deegan makes several allegations in her complaint to the Department of Labor and Human Rights, including that she faced discrimination because of her gender and was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center. Deegan also claims she was fired while on medical leave, and in retaliation for her firing of a male captain at the jail.

“I believe I have been discriminated against in violation of the North Dakota Human Rights Act,” Deegan said in her complaint, which was filed Monday.

Law Enforcement Center Board Chairman Craig Stromme declined immediate comment to KZZY radio on Deegan’s complaint, saying he did not know the details.

The board fired Deegan on Aug. 20 after months of controversy. Problems at the center included staff shortages the led to an inability to house juvenile offenders, resignations and criminal charges filed against a male officer who allegedly had sexual contact with a female inmate.

Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson was named acting administrator until a new operations chief is hired. The facility also has a separate finance administrator.

The facility handles prisoners for Devils Lake and five area counties.


Information from: KZZY-FM, https://lrradioworks.com

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