DOC director's status in question after resignation email

3 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 15 2016 Dec 15, 2016 Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:41:00 PM CST December 15, 2016 in News
By: Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Mixed reports regarding the job status of Missouri Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi emerged Thursday after he sent employees an email announcing his resignation.

State Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) confirmed to KOMU 8 News that he received an email from Lombardi Thursday morning stating Lombardi was resigning his position as DOC director. The DOC and Gov. Nixon's office, however, refuted the resignation.

"The director has not resigned. He continues to serve as the director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. He will continue to serve as the director until the end of the current administration," said DOC communications director David Owen in an email statement.

The email and resignation rumors came after DOC employees made repeated allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace by co-workers, as first reported in a story by The Pitch.

Last week, state Auditor Nicole Galloway announced an immediate review of the state's Legal Expense Fund in the wake of reports that the DOC has spent more than $7.5 million in taxpayer dollars since 2012 to pay off lawsuit settlements and judgments.

"Like many of my colleagues in state government I was alarmed and dismayed by recent reporting on sexual harassment and discrimination involving Department of Corrections employees, and by the troubling amount of taxpayer money the state is spending to settle these lawsuits," Galloway said in a press release. "I intend to use the full authority of my office to broadly examine the finances and policies related to these payouts and the culture that may be allowing this activity to continue unchecked across state government."

A further 33 lawsuits against the DOC are awaiting trial, according to reporting by The Pitch.

Other state politicians have called for Lombardi's resignation over the past week.

"The continuing sexual harassment scandal at the Missouri Department of Corrections demands a change in leadership at the agency. As a result, Director George Lombardi must resign," House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) said in a statement. "House Democrats have asked Governor-elect Greitens to conduct a national search for a new director with a proven record of reform. Corrections employees perform difficult and dangerous jobs and deserve leaders who will protect them. Our new governor should take action to make that a priority."

Fitzwater told KOMU 8 News that he had planned to recommend Lombardi to keep his position under governor-elect Greitens' administration. He did not know about any of the harassment allegations or lawsuit settlements until the story from The Pitch came out in late November.

Fitzwater said he received an email from Lombardi following the release of that story apologizing for keeping people in the dark. Fitzwater said Lombardi initially indicated to him that he was stepping down after the article's release, but that he soon backtracked and revealed his intentions to remain in his position.

Lombardi has served as director of the DOC since 2009, when Nixon nominated him to the position.

More News

Grid
List
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for assistance in an ongoing sexual assault investigation.... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:52:00 AM CST February 27, 2020 in News
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a part-time janitor has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting and killing... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:13:00 AM CST February 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is a college town full of apartments and townhouses, but it wants to start giving low-income families... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:30:00 AM CST February 27, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an investigation into a multi-state E. coli outbreak they believe... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:51:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An FBI agent shot someone inside a central Kansas City apartment building Wednesday but few... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:41:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State lawmakers are considering multiple bills that would legalize sports betting in the State of Missouri. Americans... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:10:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - This week state lawmakers are focusing and fighting on bills about the inclusion of the LGTBQ community.... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:53:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
ROCHEPORT - Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a crash Wednesday morning on the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport. ... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:34:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
MOKANE - Mid-Missourians living near the Missouri River are preparing for another summer of floods. "I hear it's going... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:10:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia and Boone County are partnering up to get everyone counted in the 2020 US Census.... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:24:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boonville woman died after a two car crash on the Missouri River bridge Wednesday morning. Icy... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:36:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The new location will allow the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia to serve 50 more children at... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:16:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C (AP) - President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:07:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (CNN) - Missouri deer hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of venison to food banks and pantries across the... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:02:33 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman was arrested for drug possession after being struck on Highway 40 Tuesday night. Joanna... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:43:01 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who took over the state’s top post... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As the coronavirus spreads to different parts of the world, one MU student is seeing the changes in... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:55:00 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The family of Mengqi Ji, who has been missing since October and is presumed dead, released a statement... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:12:23 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
1pm 42°
2pm 44°
3pm 46°
4pm 45°