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Jason Johnson resigns as county jail superintendent

June 12, 2014
OSSIPEE — Carroll County Commissioners have posted a formal statement announcing the resignation of House of Corrections Superintendent Jason Johnson.

In a statement posted on the County's website, the commissioners regret "to announce that they have accepted the resignation of Department of Corrections Superintendent Jason Johnson, effective June 4, for personal reasons. Superintendent Johnson began his career with Carroll County in December of 1996, and has served the County faithfully for over 17 years. His hard work and dedication will be missed. The Board of Commissioners has appointed Major Jason M. Henry as Acting Superintendent until a determination is made on the replacement of Superintendent Johnson."

The commissioners received the letter of resignation from the county human resource director in an emergency non-public session held June 4. After opening their regular monthly meeting, the two commissioners present voted to adjourn into the non-public session to discuss a personnel matter. In the seven minute meeting, Commissioners David Sorensen and David Babson received the resignation and voted to appoint the jail's second-in-command Jason Henry as interim superintendent. Commissioner Asha Kenney arrived late, so she missed the non-public session.

At their June 10 meeting, Sorensen said that Johnson did an "exceptional job," moving up through the ranks and filling the position well, "probably better than any previous director." Kenney said she doesn't understand why someone "this close to retirement would do this."

Sorensen said the commissioners will review the appointment of Henry in three months and then make a further recommendation in December to consider a permanent replacement. According to Sorensen, Henry is not being paid any additional salary for his newly-added responsibility.

Because of the sudden nature of Johnson's departure, with no notice given, this reporter asked if there is any possible policy changes or any type of investigation surrounding his departure in the foreseeable future. Sorensen would only say that Johnson resigned for personal reasons.

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