Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 13, 2013

Confusion surrounds prisoner rate negotiations

(Continued)

March 18, 2013 —

Tim Goode, chief deputy U.S. marshal of the Southern District of West Virginia, said the appointment of Greenhill and Roe could affect the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) and lead to federal prisoners being removed from the CCDC.

Although Greenhill and Roe are not technically listed as negotiators in the letter, Goode says that is what it means, since the Fiscal Court is the appointing body for the negotiator.

Donahue confirmed Goode’s statement in her email.

“Judge-Executive Charles Wallace is listed on the application as the negotiator. Wallace later appointed Magistrate Judge Clifford Roe and Magistrate Judge Mary Ellen Greenhill as the negotiators,” Donahue

 

“The relationship that we (U.S. marshals of the Southern District of West Virginia) have with Mr. Wallace and Mr. Roe is what I would call adversarial,” Goode said. “Mr. Roe cursed during a telephone conversation with my budget analyst, which I thought was very unprofessional. When he calls, my staff knows to send him to me, because I won't stand for people abusing my employees.”

Roe denied those actions during January's Fiscal Court meeting, stating that “...there has been no proof that I have cussed anyone.”

Goode said Roe's appointment is a bad idea because Wallace and the magistrates are unaware of the process involved.

“I have a quality jailer who is taking care of my needs as a consumer and we are very happy with his service,” Goode said of Jailer Boggs.

He went on to sing the praises of Boggs and the services of CCDC for federal prisoners.

He added that he felt Wallace’s letter was politically motivated.

Wallace said Tuesday that he had been involved in conversations with higher ranking officials in the U. S. Marshals Service in Washington. He declined to identify those persons.

At press time, calls to David Musel’s office had not been returned.

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