Bedford warden, deputy suspended

DOC to assess correction facility’s operations

The Bedford County Commissioners have suspended Warden Troy Nelson and Deputy Warden Rocky Bernazzoli pending an assessment of the Bedford County Correctional Facility operations by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

According to a news release, the pair were suspended with pay Monday morning.

“Based on information we received, we believed it was in the best interest of the county and BCCF employees and inmates that Warden Nelson and Deputy Warden Bernazzoli be suspended effective immediately,” the commissioners said in a news release.

Commissioners contacted Secretary John Wetzel earlier this month seeking the DOC’s assistance in assessing operations at the county correctional facility.

The county and the DOC will enter into an intergovernmental agreement that authorizes the DOC to assess operations and to provide an acting warden for 30 days.

“We are glad to assist the county, and we believe these steps taken today provide a good opportunity for the county and correctional facility officials to get on the right path with respect to operating a sound prison,” Wetzel said in a Monday news release.

“DOC has conducted many of these assessments and came highly recommended by other county commissioners,” the Bedford County Commissioners stated.

After a thorough assessment has been conducted, DOC officials will provide to the commissioners a report outlining any recommendations.

Following the suspension of the two prison officials Monday morning, commissioners and DOC officials met with prison employees and toured the correctional facility.

Bobbi Jo Salamon, deputy superintendent at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale, will oversee operations of the facility. While serving as acting warden, Salamon will assess any security or operational needs and will report any needs to the DOC and county. County officials will reimburse the DOC for Salamon’s salary.


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