- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A top administrator in Missouri’s troubled prison system is preparing to retire after more than 40 years on the job.

Dave Dormire, director of the Missouri Department of Correction’s adult institutions division, will step down April 1, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2mewSI9 ) reported.

His resignation from a job with a $92,000 annual salary comes amid scrutiny of the agency after a wave of discrimination and harassment lawsuits came to light last year.

Missouri lawmakers blasted the department last week during a hearing into the allegations, calling the agency “dysfunctional” when it comes to addressing male correctional officers’ harassment of female officers within some of the more than 20 adult prisons.

Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe has said she has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment among employees.

Dormire’s retirement is the latest high-profile resignation at the department. Its former director, George Lombardi, left in December after serving in the position for eight years.

Gov. Eric Greitens appointed Precythe, a former North Carolina prison official, as Lombardi’s replacement. Precythe told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that Dormire wasn’t asked to retire.

“We’re very excited for Dave as he gets ready for the next phase of his life,” Precythe said. “He’s made a decision and we’re fully supportive of it.”

Precythe said a decision hasn’t been made on Dormire’s replacement.

Dormire wrote in his resignation letter to the department that he had spent his tenure focusing on staff safety.

“Each of you need each other to watch your back and be there for each other,” he wrote. “Stay safe.”


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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