Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Salem County Corrections Officers sue over imposition of minor discipline.

At least three Salem County Corrections officers have filed suit seeking to overturn disciplinary decisions imposed the the Warden (presumably Raymond C. Skradzinski) that they feel are unfair and in excess of what a Disciplinary Hearing Committee recommended.

In the case bearing Docket No. SLM-L-219-15, Officer Brian Pio claimed that the Warden imposed an improper one day suspension to punish him for sending a June 12, 2015 insubordinate e-mail in response to the Human Resources Department's demand for Pio's marriage certificate and his family's birth certificates after Pio claimed that he had already furnished those documents.  Pio said that the Disciplinary Hearing Committee recommended that Salem County investigate why the originally supplied documents couldn't be located but the Warden imposed the one-day suspension.

In the case bearing Docket No. SLM-L-229-15, Officer Joseph Massey claimed that the Warden imposed an improper one day suspension to punish him for reporting to work late and failing to follow call-in procedures.  Massey said that he "overslept due to taking medication" on August 7, 2015.  Massey said that the Disciplinary Hearing Committee recommended a written reprimand but the Warden imposed the one-day suspension.

In the case bearing Docket No. SLM-L-230-15, Officer Sherreece Holder claimed that the Warden imposed an improper three day suspension to punish her for sleeping and eating on duty on October 3, 2015.  Holder said that she was not sleeping but reading the Bible.  She claimed that after the Disciplinary Hearing Committee found that she was not sleeping, the Warden amended the charge to inattentiveness to duty.  Holder claimed that although the Committee recommended a written reprimand on the eating charge, the Warden imposed a three-day suspension--two days for inattentiveness to duty and one for eating while on duty.

All three matters have been assigned to Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio who referred the cases to mediation.  All three officers are being represented by Christopher A. Gray of Hamilton.