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Warren Commissioners Vote To Reinstate County Manager

Posted March 21, 2005

— A county manager suspended over the use of inmate labor is about to get back to work.

Warren County commissioners voted 3-2 to allow Loria Williams could return to her job. Williams and her father, county maintenance supervisor Robert Dunsten, were suspended for using inmates to perform work on her property.

The State Bureau of Investigation found no laws were broken since the inmates volunteered and were paid.

During Monday's meeting, county commissioners debated what to do about the situation.

"Since when can a janitor go to a detention center and without any records of any kind, remove inmates, put them in the streets, buy them alcohol and work them for his own personal business?" Commissioner Luke Lucas said.

Commissioner Barry Richardson, who voted to suspend Williams in February, was satisified with the investigation.

"If you don't have any faith in this report, then perhaps you don't have any faith in our system and our process in the state," he said.

Williams is expected to return to work on Tuesday.

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