SUNBURY – A motion to fire Warden Roy Johnson failed on a split vote of the Northumberland County Prison Board earlier today.

Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy voted in favor, while fellow Commissioner Rick Shoch and Controller Chris Grayson opposed the motion. Sheriff Robert Wolfe abstained.

Grayson said he needed more information, and Wolfe thought the entire seven-person board should be present for such a vote.

In addition to the commissioners, controller and sheriff, the board also includes the district attorney and, typically, the county’s president judge.

Newly appointed DA Ann Targonski was not present for today’s meeting, while William H. Wiest has declined to serve on the board, citing potential conflicts of interest, since assuming the president judge’s role earlier this year.

Clausi, who has criticized Johnson over various matters in the past year, said the warden is costing the county money through his failure to quickly process paperwork allowing prisoners to be released. Bridy cited a situation from earlier this year in which he claims Johnson lied about a visitors list involving accused murdered Miranda Barbour.