FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chad Lewis, Communications Office, (360) 725-8817
July 9, 2013
DOC Issues Statement on Arbitrator’s Decision
on Disciplinary Action Taken against Monroe Staff Members
OLYMPIA – The Department of Corrections today issued the following statement in regard to the arbitrator’s decision in the disciplinary action taken against staff members at Monroe Correctional Complex:
“We are reviewing the arbitrator’s decision and will determine what actions to take. We took disciplinary action because of the serious nature of the staff members’ actions – including falsifying documents and lying to police investigators – which does not accurately represent the professionalism of our staff. We can only be an effective agency if we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, which we did in this case.
“We carefully reviewed the actions of staff members at every level of the agency and asked the National Institute of Corrections to conduct a security review of operations at Monroe Correctional Complex. While the National Institute determined that Monroe Correctional Complex is not unique in overcoming complacency in a work environment where the work is inherently repetitive, it does not excuse inappropriate behavior by our staff.
“We have taken every action recommended by the National Institute of Corrections as well as more than one thousand recommendations we received from staff members who work on the front lines. We will continue to build on our success and will continue to hold ourselves accountable for our actions because that is how we earn the public’s trust.”