Hmm… so Tuesday’s headlines featured nine women headed to court for charges related to a drug bust at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre:
Nine women face charges in state court this week related to using or dealing illegal drugs and assaulting guards in the state women’s prison in Pierre. A law enforcement source said it was connected to a bust at the prison.
Six inmates have been charged with using and/or dealing illegal drugs and two are charged with assaulting law enforcement officers.
A ninth woman who was released from the prison a year ago was charged with failing to report a felony [Stephen Lee, “9 Charged in Drug Bust at State Women’s Prison,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2016.12.13].
On Wednesday the women’s prison’s warden announced her immediate retirement:
The warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre Brenda Hyde has announced her retirement, effective immediately.
Hyde has served as warden of the Pierre facility since October of 2009. She has worked at the Women’s Prison since it opened in 1997.
…Hyde tells KCCR News that she has no comment on her retirement, and that it was just time to retire [“Womens Prison Warden Announces Retirement,” KCCR Radio, 2016.12.14].
Stephen Lee says “some wonder” if the bust and the retirement are related:
Hyde’s retirement seemed to happen fast.
Asked about Hyde, Winder told the Capital Journal on Wednesday she was no longer employed by the state prison system and that he, nor top administrator of DOC, Denny Kaemingk, could discuss personnel matters [Stephen Lee, “SD Women’s Prison Warden Retirement Announced Abruptly,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2016.12.15].
No one has use the word “fired” yet, as Bob Mercer did on Jason Dilges’s unexpected departure from Finance and Management. Alas, Bob Mercer is on the DL, so we can’t get his perspective on whether there’s anything more than unhappy timing at play in Hyde’s departure.