Fired prison warden remains on state payroll, may appeal dismissal
Warren — Patricia Barnhart, who was abruptly dismissed from her position as warden of the Maine State Prison earlier this month, remains on the state payroll, confirmed Jody Breton, associate commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections.
Breton said she could not comment on why Barnhart was still receiving payment from the state because it is a personnel matter.
Barnhart is a civil service employee and is not unionized, she added.
Rodney Bouffard of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland is currently in charge of the prison, she said.
To appeal her dismissal, Barnhart faces six steps to attempt to resolve the grievance, including meeting with the state director of human resources and submitting the dispute to the state civil service appeals board. The appeals board investigates matters in the controversy and hears from parties involved before making a decision, according to the state statute.
Breton would not discuss whether a notice of claim has been filed against the state.
Joyce Oreskovich, state director of human resources, said she was uncertain if information was public regarding Barnhart's potential appeal. She added she has inquired to the State Attorney General of the information's status.
David Heidrich, of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, said Thursday that the Attorney General confirmed appeals are completely confidential.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.