SUNBURY — A Northumberland County deputy warden who criticized his boss and said he was unable to stop corrections officers from working overtime was suspended, with pay, Wednesday following a closed-door meeting of the prison board.

Board members would not divulge what prompted them to suspend Conrad immediately from the job he’s held since August 1990, calling the decision a “personnel” issue.

He will continue to collect his annual pay of $36,101 during the indefinite suspension.

Majority Commissioner Vinny Clausi left the closed-door meeting prior to the remaining six board members voting unanimously to suspend Conrad.

Clausi and prison board chairman Frank Sawicki declined comment on the decision.

Minority Commissioner Kurt Masser denied the action was taken as a result of Conrad’s public comments in December describing a poor working relationship with Warden Ralph “Rick” Reish, who he said runs the prison like a “one-man show” and doesn’t support his management decisions.

In January, the prison board announced Reish’s pending retirement in October after 6 1/2 years at the helm.

His tenure has been fraught with complaints about his management of the 130-year-old jail in Sunbury.

In December, two former corrections officers resigned after allegations emerged that they were having sexual contact with female inmates inside the North Second Street prison.

Greg Cupp, of Northumberland, and Brandon Fraim, of Shamokin, were each charged in January with four counts of felony institutional sexual assault.

Reish and Conrad have also recently come under fire for allowing employees to collect $268,000 in overtime last year.

During a discussion of overtime at a prison board meeting late last year, Conrad said one employee worked extra hours every day for two years and was paid for it even though he ordered it to stop.

Conrad’s wife, Leslie, is employed as the county’s fiscal assistant. Neither could be reached Wednesday for comment.

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