Middle River Regional Jail superintendent fired

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Dec. 17):

A local jail superintendent has been fired from his position after nearly a decade and a half.

On Monday afternoon, the Middle River Regional Jail Authority Board unanimously voted to dismiss Jack Lee from his role as Superintendent of the Jail.

Lee was placed on administrative leave earlier this month, but the dismissal takes effect immediately.

The board did not provide a specific reason for his dismissal, but cited "Board concerns regarding the administration of the facility."

In an official press release, the board said the decision was unrelated to any past or pending lawsuits against the jail or any of its employees.

For now, other staff members at the jail will remain in their leadership roles to keep the jail operating safely and professionally. A search for a new superintendent will begin in the coming weeks.

The jail serves Waynesboro, Staunton and Harrisonburg cities, and Augusta, Highland and Rockingham counties. Its database indicates around 945 inmates are currently jailed.

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The superintendent of Middle River Regional Jail was placed on administrative leave on Friday.

Jack Lee was put on leave, according to Middle River Regional Jail Authority chairman Timothy Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said he was unable to comment any further citing personnel issues.

Stay with WHSV on this developing story.