Settlement reached in suit filed by ex-deputy warden
WILLIAMSPORT - A settlement has been reached in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in 2009 by a former Northumberland County Prison deputy warden.
According to a filing in U.S. Middle District Court Thursday, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ordered the legal action filed by John Conrad and his wife, Leslie, dismissed without penalty to either party. The order also gives either side the right to reinstate the action within 60 days if a settlement is not fulfilled.
On Wednesday, Jones approved dismissing all defendants from the suit except Northumberland County.
The order removed the Northumberland County Prison Board, county President Judge Robert Sacavage, district attorney Tony Rosini, sheriff Chad Reiner, commissioner Vinny Clausi, former commissioners Kurt Masser and Frank Sawicki, former county controller Charles Erdman and former prison warden Ralph "Rick" Reish, from the suit.
Later on Wednesday, the court's electronic filing system released a letter from Joshua J. Cochran, attorney for the Conrads, to Jones, stating the matter is settled.
"Please be advised the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the above-captioned matter. Accordingly, the Court can issue its standard dismissal order," it reads in part.
The Conrads filed the suit in 2009 after Northumberland County first suspended the former deputy warden with pay in February 2009 and eventually fired him.
Conrad alleged a conspiracy against him, wrongful termination, defamation and violation of due process, equal protection rights and whistleblower rights. His wife's claim was for a loss of consortium.
The county stated that Conrad was fired because of his actions against a guard, and also stated that the deputy warden knew exactly why he was terminated. As an at-will employee, court documents stated Conrad wasn't entitled to a written statement of the charges.
No settlement amount was released in any of the documents.