Top prison official demoted for failing to report missing gun, sources say

The top official at Northern State Prison in Newark has been demoted and reassigned after failing to report to the Department of Corrections that one of his officers briefly lost a service weapon, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Robert Chetirkin, 44, was removed as administrator last month and temporarily placed in the department’s central operations unit amid an internal probe by the Special Investigations Division, according to two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly address the matter.

On March 5, Chetirkin began a new job as the assistant superintendent at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, said Matt Schuman, a spokesman for the Corrections Department.

The demotion carries a $14,000 pay cut. Chetirkin had been making $122,000 annually as Northern State Prison’s administrator, public records show. The new position pays $108,000 a year, Schuman said.

Read the story at (March 15, 2016)

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