Top 2 fired from W. Pa. juvenile detention center

July 26, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The top two managers have been fired from the county-run Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County facility has been operating under a provisional license from the state Department of Public Welfare since May, when regulators determined the center hadn’t addressed violations earlier this year, including some stemming from an incident in which a guard slammed a teen’s head into a door frame.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs confirmed director William Simmons and his longtime deputy, Lynette Drawn-Williamson, were no longer with the county. Both had previously served unpaid five-day suspensions because of the state investigation.

A county audit of the facility is due soon. A county manager’s report noted discipline and accounting problems at the facility.

Simmons told reporter to ask County Executive Rich Fitzgerald why Simmons was let go. The county isn’t commenting on the reasons.



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