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Investigation Clears Springfield Superintendent

Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) today announced Southern State Correctional Facility Superintendent Mike Lyon will immediately return to his position at the Springfield facility after an independent investigation determined a recent allegation of misconduct to be unfounded. Interim Superintendent Monique Sullivan will resume her position as Living Unit Supervisor.

Per standard Department protocol, DOC immediately referred the misconduct allegation to the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and placed Superintendent Lyon on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. The independent review found witness accounts and  documentary evidence disproved the claim of misconduct.

“This is a prime example of a thorough investigatory process working as it should,” said DOC Commissioner Nicholas J. Deml. “Our Department treats allegations of misconduct with the utmost seriousness, which is why we immediately refer these claims for independent external review. In this case, clear and robust evidence quickly showed the allegation to be unfounded. I am pleased to welcome Superintendent Mike Lyon back to Springfield and have complete faith in his leadership and integrity.”