9.23.15: Michigan prison warden suspended pending investigation
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A longtime warden of two Muskegon-area prisons has been suspended pending the outcome of an unspecified internal investigation.
Mary Berghuis is prohibited from entering the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility and West Shoreline Correctional Facility. Both prisons are in Muskegon Heights.
Department spokeswoman Holly Kramer says Berghuis was placed on “stop order” Tuesday. She declines to say why, citing an ongoing investigation. Kramer says the administrative step is taken so an employee cannot interfere with an investigation.
Berghuis has been warden since 2000. She’s worked for the agency since 1966.
She won’t be paid for a week but will resume being paid if the investigation lasts more than a week.
Shane Jackson, deputy warden of the Muskegon Correctional Facility, is acting warden of the Muskegon Heights prisons during the investigation.