Gov. Dayton Supports DOC Commissioner Despite Outcry

July 28, 2018 09:12 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton said he has full support from the head of the Department of Corrections following the deadly attack on Officer Joseph Gomm last week in Stillwater.

However, he admits that every aspect of the operation must be reviewed.

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“Nobody ever wants to experience this again,” Dayton told reporters on Tuesday.

When asked about his confidence in Department of Corrections Commission Tom Roy, Dayton did not waver in his support.

“I do have confidence in him,” he said. “I think he has a very difficult job. The understaffing in our prisons has been known, it’s been brought forward by him to the legislature repeatedly in the last few years.”

The governor and the Department of Corrections said it requested funds to hire 187 additional officers in the last seven years.

The legislature has only approved 15.

The Senate Republicans pushed back to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, saying that the department’s budget has increased in recent years and suggested the department's spending be examined.

The politics is frustrating to the current employees who are returning to work in fear.

“We need help!” One employee told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in a report that aired Monday at 10 p.m. “We’ve been saying for years that we need help. Nothing gets passed the wall!”

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The employee, who asked not to be identified, was one of the employees who rushed through a maze of rooms and curtains to help Gomm when the cries for help came over the radio.

He and others want to know why the department won’t put up cameras in that part of the prison where inmates have access to tools that could be used as weapons.

“Why aren't there cameras there to protect these officers?” KSTP Reporter Ryan Raiche asked the Governor.

“Well, I don't know the facts, I haven't discussed [that] in respect of the horror that everyone in the corrections admin has gone through. This is unprecedented, it's never happened in Minnesota,” Dayton said.

The governor went on to say that he has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday with Commissioner Roy.

He said he will not press him due to this sensitive time but will ask about improvements that need to be made.


 

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