Big changes at Juvenile Corrections
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The Nampa Juvenile Corrections Center is losing some top supervisors, just a month after whistleblowers filed a lawsuit.
The head of safety and security is gone.
And the state is looking to replace the superintendent in charge of that facility.
Tonight we're on your side as a whistleblower tells fox nine those two positions were responsible for many of her complaints.
"Ledford: I can't express the relief."
That's how whistleblower Rhonda Ledford felt when she heard the nampa facilitiy's safety and security supervisor Julie McCormick was gone.
"Ledford: It wasn't surprising at all."
Ledford is one of close to a dozen workers at the nampa facility who filed a lawsuit over widespread misconduct and retaliation.
"Reporter: And a lot of this has to do with Julie McCormick and her actions correct? Ledford: Correct."
"Ledford: There's a certain ethic and integrity you have to have when you work in this field and I've been disheartened to learn a lot of people don't have that."
Ledford says staff made multiple complaints about male juveniles paying closed door visits to McCormick's office.
"Ledford: If you're a female staff with a male juvenile, you don't go anywhere off camera. Reporter: Who did that? Ledford: Julie McCormick.."
"Ledford: I wasn't the only one who saw it. It had been reported to Betty several times four months ago."
She's referring to Betty Grimm, the superintendent of the Nampa facility, and one of three defendants in the whistleblower lawsuit.
One month after the suit was filed, her job was quietly listed by the state.
I called her to ask why and she said she was retiring after 19 years.
But the changes don't placate Ledford.
"Ledford I don't really trust anyone out there, except for the people I'm on this with. Reporter: Is that because all this is coming from the top down? Ledford: You bet."
We asked for comment on this story from the head of juvenile corrections, Sharon Harrigfeld but were told she cannot comment on personell matters.