Maryland Warden Resigns, Citing Overbearing Leadership


The warden at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown resigned in protest this week, criticizing the Maryland Division of Correction for “dictatorial leadership” and job cuts that show a “disregard for public safety,” reports the Baltimore Sun. Joseph Sacchet, who has worked for more than 30 years in the corrections system at all three medium-security prisons near Hagerstown, said in a letter this week to The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail, his staff and Corrections Commissioner Frank C. Sizer Jr. that he is resigning effective June 30.

Through a department spokesman, Sizer said Sacchet “made a decision and we wish him well.” Sacchet said in an interview yesterday that he had struggled under Sizer’s administration with micro-management, staff shortages and verbal abuse from supervisors. He said the main reason for his resignation was his antagonistic relationship with Assistant Commissioner Michelle Elzie. “It’s clear to me they had an agenda,” Sacchet said. “There’s no doubt in my mind, they were going to force me out.”


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