Cumberland Times-News

February 3, 2014

NBCI warden fired

Michael A. Sawyers
Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Calling it a cold-hearted move on a cold and snowy day, Bobby Shearin told the Times-News he was fired Monday morning as the warden at North Branch Correctional Institution.

Shearin said that at about 10 a.m. two officials from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services walked into his office and handed him a letter of termination.

The letter states that Shearin is placed immediately on administrative leave and will be terminated from state service Feb. 17. He is not allowed to return to the prison at which he was named warden in 2009.

From 2007 to 2009, Shearin was the warden at the adjacent Western Correctional Institution.

Shearin said he was proud of his record during 40 years of prison work at the federal and state levels.

“After the stabbing in August, I locked the prison down until we could open it the right way,” he said Monday afternoon during a phone interview. “I submitted a plan of action, but have never heard back about it.”

Shearin said he was served the letter and a list of complaints about his service by Wayne Webb, executive director. The letter was co-signed by Webb and Gregg L. Hershberger, department secretary.

Among the complaints were a failure to hold staff accountable for their actions creating an unsafe environment and allowing the chain of command to lapse to the point where supervisors have become ineffective.

The Times-News will have more detail in the Tuesday print edition.

Requests by the Times-News for comment from an agency spokesman were unanswered Monday afternoon after several hours.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.