SUNBURY - Northumberland County Prison Board, by a 4-2 vote, today fired Roy Johnson as warden.

The motion to terminate Johnson was made by Commissioner Steve Bridy and seconded by Commissioner Vinny Clausi. Joining them in approving the termination were District Attorney Ann Targonski and Sheriff Robert Wolfe.

Commissioner Rich Shoch and Controller Chris Grayson voted against the termination.

Following the vote, the board unanimously appointed Brian Wheary, operations commander at the prison, as acting warden. The board also approved advertising to fill the warden position.

Johnson had served as warden for approximately five years.

Read more about the prison board's action in Wednesday's edition.