(CBS DETROIT) – The chief executive of the Wayne County juvenile detention center has since been fired allegations of assaulting a minor by other young people.
Wayne County spokesman Tiffani Jackson on Friday confirmed the termination of Mark Roland, who was the facility’s deputy director of administration. Officials have not released details of Roland’s termination.
Seven employees of the detention center have been suspended after allegations. Michigan State Police confirmed that the county had asked them to investigate an assault that allegedly took place at the William Dickerson Detention Center.
The Wayne County Executive’s Office released a statement about the alleged incident:
“Ensuring the safety and security of the youth and staff at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) is a primary concern for staff and management. Despite issues of overcrowding, maintaining a safe environment has always been the goal .We have reached out to Michigan State Police on Wednesday morning who are actively investigating these allegations. We are working with them to support their investigation and better understand all the facts. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we are prohibited at this time to disclose information.”
The allegations come a month after the county sent a letter to the state pointing out that the facility does not have enough beds for its current population, suggesting that current capacity should be at least doubled.
The province also believes that the state should do more to tackle overcrowding.
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