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Johnson City Jail superintendent being investigated

Rex Barber • Nov 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

The superintendent of the Johnson City Jail has been placed on administrative leave with pay while police investigate alleged violations at the all-female inmate facility.

Mark Sirois, Johnson City police chief, Monday said Sam Garland was put on administrative leave around the first of this month.

Sirois said no disciplinary action has been taken with regard to Garland and that his being placed on leave is to ensure a thorough investigation because Garland is responsible for the jail.

“The police department is conducting an internal investigation into allegations of procedural violations related to the Johnson City Jail,” Sirois said. “And it’s an open investigation at this time and as such we’re not at liberty to release any information relative to the investigation.”

Details of what prompted the investigation or what procedural violations were alleged to have occurred were not provided by Sirois.

Sirois also did not say when the investigation could be complete, only that it has just begun.

“We want to be thorough, so I can’t say, I can’t give you a timeline as far as that goes, but we’re conducting, as usual, a thorough investigation,” he said.

The Johnson City Jail is only for state female inmates who are allowed to participate in work programs like cleaning city buildings and maintaining city parks.

Sirois did confirm the investigation will include David Garland, a former employee for Johnson City Parks and Recreation. Sirois did not say in what capacity David Garland was relevant to the investigation.

David Garland voluntarily quit his job with the city Oct. 24, according to a city spokesperson.

A request by the Johnson City Press to see the personnel files of both men was not immediately arranged.

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