Five guards no longer work at Allegheny County jail

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The five Allegheny County jail guards who were suspended last week without pay are no longer employed by the county, according to a county spokeswoman.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs said Monday that the county would not comment further.

The county's policy is not to discuss personnel matters. It was not clear when the changes in employment occurred or for what reason the guards are no longer employed by Allegheny County. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that the five employees had been suspended without pay.

The former employees are: Capt. Daniel Troiano Sr., a county employee since April 1986 with a salary of $72,580; Sgt. Charles K. Miller Sr., an employee since November 1995 with a salary of $71,157; Sgt. Leslie J. Fronek, an employee since April 2001 with a salary of $71,157; correctional Officer Sonja C. Nugent, a county employee since May 2005 with a salary of $41,153; and correctional Officer Nicholas D. Scott, an employee since January 2000 with a salary of $62,142.

Mr. Scott, 67, has told the Post-Gazette he resigned on Wednesday but has declined to comment further. The other former employees could not be reached.

The development comes in the wake of the county's review of an incident in which an employee self-reported that she had entered the jail with her personal handgun May 1, in violation of jail policy and not in adherence with the "strict security protocol" employees must go through. The county would not say if the suspensions were related to the gun incident.

Ms. Downs, in an emailed statement last week, said: "This protocol was not followed and the handgun was not discovered during that process. This issue was reviewed and a determination was made that the proper protocols are in place, but that employees responsible for the oversight had violated [jail] policy."

Ms. Downs has not said whether the suspensions, and now the separations, are related to the weapons investigation.

Chuck Mandarino, president of the Allegheny County Independent Prison Employees Union, could not be reached for comment.


Kaitlynn Riely: kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707.

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