The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville has hired a former federal Bureau of Prisons employee to be interim administrator, since the current administrator was indicted last week.
Randy Madan of Whitehouse in Johnson County was recommended by Johnson Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel, said Big Sandy authority board Chairman Pete Fitzpatrick. Madan was interviewed and hired on Friday in a special meeting of the board's personnel committee, Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick, from Martin County, in April replaced former board Chairman John Harmon, who resigned in January and was indicted last week on a charge of felony theft.
Jail Administrator Henry "Butch" Williams was indicted on a felony charge of accepting a bribe from an inmate, and former guard Doug Muncy was indicted on a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse of an inmate.
Williams and Harmon are scheduled to be arraigned June 4. Muncy is to be arraigned June 14.
The board voted 8-2 on Friday to suspend Williams, who is under court order to stay away from the jail, and to hire Madan. The "no" votes were the representatives from Magoffin County, board attorney Nelson Sparks said.
Big Sandy serves Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Lawrence counties.