New deputy director at Allegheny County’s Shuman detention center will be expected to remedy payroll
Allegheny County officials expect the new deputy director of Shuman Juvenile Detention Center to remedy payroll deficiencies highlighted in a County Controller audit released Wednesday.
Lillian Reese-McGhee, a certified public accountant, started Monday as the center’s new deputy director and will address the payroll concerns, Allegheny County Manager William McKain said.
“We welcome the report. There’s no surprises,” McKain said. “It reinforces what our concerns were, and we’re going to move forward to strengthen our controls and processes of the assets entrusted in our care out there.”
McKain’s office requested the audit after completing its own investigation into the facility earlier this year.
County Controller Chelsa Wagner’s audit recommends the Lincoln-Lemington facility strengthen its payroll procedures to prevent overpayment, impose strict control over money intended for amenities and events and safeguard the belongings of those housed at the center.
The audit found the Shuman Center overpaid employees more than $1,600 and could potentially overpay employees another $12,650 if sick time calculations were not properly adjusted.
The county will improve its internal controls to secure the personal items of juveniles at the Lincoln-Lemington facility, McKain said.
Wagner said she is pleased with Reese-McGhee’s selection as deputy director.
“My biggest concern is that they don’t focus so much on fixing the internal controls that they lose sight of the real purpose of the Shuman Center,” Wagner said.
The center’s director and deputy director were fired July 25.
William S. Stickman III, a former interim director of the Allegheny County Jail, is the interim director.
The state Department of Public Welfare revoked the center’s license in May after the facility failed to adequately address regulatory violations, including a violent incident between a guard and an inmate. The center is operating under a provisional license.
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