October 25, 2017 02:37 PM
The once-fired warden of the Stillwater prison is returning to work.
Steve Hammer was fired last October, after an investigation found he violated numerous Department of Corrections' policies tied to sexual harassment and anti-discrimination.
Wednesday, a DOC spokesperson confirmed Hammer will be reinstated back into the department, after winning in arbitration. Hammer appealed his termination after his Oct. 19, 2016, termination.
In a statement, the DOC said officials were "notified on October 10, 2017 that the arbitrator granted his grievance" and had awarded him reinstatement in the department.
Hammer's termination came after a months-long investigation, which revealed Hammer sent and received sexually explicit messages on his state-issued email, that he engaged in an abusive, intimidating and disrespectful manner toward employees and found he released private and confidential information about staff and offenders.
DOC spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald said the department is "reviewing the decisions and the next steps" following the hearing.
KSTP requested a copy of the decision from the state, but in an email, Fitzgerald said the DOC won't release the documents until "there has been a complete review of the classification of the data." She gave no timeline for that review.
Updated: October 25, 2017 02:37 PM
Created: October 11, 2017 05:42 PM
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